Prescription drug abusers in San Diego have been getting more creative.
Prescription drug abusers have been shopping the open houses on the real estate market, to gain access to medicine cabinets. They raid the homeowners’ cabinets and nightstands for prescription drugs during open houses, according to a San Diego County News Center report.
Officials don’t track prescription drug cases that start with open house raids, but District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told Kansas City star that, overall, prescription drug cases have increased by 84 percent in San Diego County within the last five years. This mirrors the prescription drug problems in Florida, New Jersey, and other states.
A team of law enforcement officers worked with the San Diego Association of Realtors and drug rehabilitation experts to launch an awareness campaign, including TV and radio advertisements.
San Diego law enforcement agencies have located 24 collection boxes around the county for unused prescription drugs, to help keep the drugs off the black market.