Prescription Drug Addicts Target Open Houses

March 12, 2014

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

A group of real estate agents, organizations, and businesses have teamed up to form the Safe Homes Coalition to raise awareness. The group’s initial focus is in San Diego County, but it hopes the message will spread across the country.

The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® has joined law enforcement and drug rehabilitation experts in the coalition to launch a public service ad on local TV and radio stations to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse. The goal is to warn others about prescription drug thefts that are occurring at open houses and to urge home owners to secure and dispose of their prescription drugs properly.

The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® will provide its real estate members with plastic bags to urge their clients to collect prescription drugs prior to an open house.

Watch the coalition’s public service announcement below or at YouTube.


Source: “Prescription Drug Users Prey on Open Houses,” The Associated Press (March 11, 2014)

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