San Bernardino County, CA: 1,212 pounds of unwanted and unused drugs disposed during 10th Annual Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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San Bernardino County, CA: 1,212 pounds of unwanted and unused drugs disposed during 10th Annual Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 1,212 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs were turned into 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department locations that participated in the 10th Annual Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day that was held on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.

** San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Station Pounds Received: **

– Apple Valley Police Department in Apple Valley, California: 72

– Barstow Sheriff’s Station in Barstow, California: 10

– Central Station in San Bernardino, California: 48

– Chino Hills Station in Chino Hills, California: 30

– Hesperia Police Department in Hesperia, California: 153

– Highland Police Department in Highland, California: 122

– Morongo Basin Station in Morongo Basin, California: 26

– Rancho Cucamonga Police Department in Rancho Cucamonga, California: 97

– Victorville Police Department in Victorville, California: 173

– Yucaipa Police Department in Yucaipa, California: 481

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) to give the public its 10th opportunity in 5 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

The public was able to bring their pills for disposal back on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 to any of the 10 mention San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Stations for free, anonymous, and no questions asked.

In the previous 10 Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day events nationwide from 2010 to 2014, at least 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“The success of this program is evident with the over four million pounds of pills that have been turned in over the previous nine events. It is critical that residents understand that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines pose potential safety and health hazards,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will have ten stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications.

If you have any questions, contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Public Affairs Division at: 1 (909) 387-3700 or any public inquiries can be made to: 1 (800) 882-9539.

In addition to the collection sites listed above, additional locations throughout Southern California can be found by visiting: http://www.dea.gov/index.shtml and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon.

For additional information pertaining to DEA and prescription drug abuse, visit either:

http://www.dea.gov/index.shtml

http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/

** Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

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