Learning how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all Americans have a family member or friend who is, or who has been addicted to drugs. Teens and young adults are more susceptible and as a parent, it’s easier to prevent an addiction from forming at the early stages. President and CEO of Confirm Biosciences, Zeynep Ilgaz, joined us this morning to talk more about how teen drug abuse can be prevented.

Watch KUSI Story

Opioid epidemic is reducing life expectancy

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The CDC recently lowered Americans’ life expectancy for the first time do to deaths from opioids.

CEO and founder of Confidential Recovery Scott Silverman stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the growing issue.

Watch KUSI Story

Kristin Gaspar on National Prescription Drug take back day

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Prescription drug take-back day is October 27th. At tomorrow’s Supervisor’s Board meeting Chairwoman Gaspar will be presenting a Board letter that will propose a partnership with County Health and Human Services, the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, Sheriff Gore, DA Stephan, The Safe Homes Coalition and the SD Association of Realtors.

Their mission will be to educate families about the safe use, safe storage and proper disposal of prescription medications. In the last few years there has been a growing trend of theft of prescription medications during open houses so the focus will be on educating homeowners on the importance of locking up medications when other people are in your home. In the next few months, County staff will update the County’s Prescription Drug Abuse Plan and present it in March 2019.

Full Story

SHC & NSDCAR Celebrate KKS Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2016                                 

Thousands of North County San Diegans Learn How to Reduce Prescription Medication Misuse and Abuse

North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® Complete Safe Homes Coalition Keep Kids Safe Program


SAN DIEGO – The Safe Homes Coalition (SHC) and the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (NSDCAR®), announced today at their Carmel Valley Marketing session, the successful launch of a Keep Kids Safe Program aimed at reducing overdose deaths associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription medications. California Congressman Scott Peters attended the event.

“We aren’t just REALTORS® and Affiliates helping our clients buy and sell homes. We are an important part of this community and want our children safe. We’ve proven that there is indeed something that everyone can do to save a life.  Become educated about the proper use, storage and disposal of these powerful medications.  With your help, we can stem this epidemic that is causing many North San Diego families to lose the ones they love.” Said NSDCAR Coordinating Committee member, and project Leader Laurie Duffy.  “It takes a village.”

Read more

Safe Homes Coalition targets prescription drug thefts at open houses

SAN DIEGO – Authorities say the abuse of prescription medications has become an epidemic in San Diego County, and on Tuesday morning, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced the formation of the Safe Homes Coalition.

Read more at 10news.com

Drug thieves find new targets at open houses

— Before you turn your home over to your Realtor for an open house, check your medicine cabinet.

Read more at utsandiego.com

Prescription Drug Thieves Target Open Houses

Home sellers are sure to lock up their jewelry and other valuables before an open house.

But what about prescription drugs?

Read more at nbcsandiego.com

San Diego Coalition Hopes To Prevent Prescription Drug Theft At Open Houses

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in San Diego and across the country. It is estimated 40 people die every day due to the misuse or abuse of prescription medication.

Now, a San Diego coalition is focusing on safe prescription drug use, storage and disposal. Their first effort is aimed at combating prescription drug theft at open houses.

Read more at kpbs.org

Addicts Stealing Prescription Drugs at Open Houses

Addicts have taken to targeting real estate open houses, pilfering through people’s medicine cabinets and night stands looking for prescription drugs, especially painkillers.

Read more at countynewscenter.com

Prescription Drug Addicts Target Open Houses

Prescription drug abusers reportedly are posing as home buyers and using open houses to raid medicine cabinets and night stands in search of drugs.

Read more at realtormag.realtor.org