Needles, CA: Prescription Drug Takeback at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station today.

Needles, CA: Prescription Drug Takeback at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station today.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in over seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal from 10:00am to 2:00pm PT on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, located at 1111 Bailey Avaune near J Street, in Needles, California.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In October 2017, the public turned in 912,305 pounds (456 tons) of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost 6 tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons.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 U.S. 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. Also, 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.

“Educating the public on the proper disposal of unused medicines has led to over 4,500 tons of prescription drugs being turned in. The success of this program is evident; I believe residents are aware of this every six-month service being provided to them and, they plan for it,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

** Flyer Picture from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department via the City of Needles: **

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