San Bernardino County, CA: Turned in potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs today during the 17th Annual Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, deputies in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 to any one of the below-listed collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
In October 2018, the public turned in a record-setting amount of nearly one million pounds-nearly 457 tons of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at close to 6,000 collection sites all across the country.
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds or 5,439.5 tons.
This initiative addresses a vit al 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.
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 5,400 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 John McMahon with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will have seven (7) stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications. They will be open on Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.
The participating sites are listed below:
– Central Station
655 East Third Street
San Bernardino, California
– Chino Hills Police Department 909-364-2000
14077 Peyton Drive
Chino Hills, California
– Highland Police Department 909-425-9793
26985 East Baseline
– Needles Police
Colorado River Station 760-326-9200
1111 Bailey Avenue
– Phelan Substation 760-995-8781
4050 Phelan Road
– Rancho Cucamonga Police Department 909-477-2800
10510 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, California
– Victorville Police Department 760-241-2911
14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville, California
Those living in the Needles, California area, deputies from the Colorado River Station will be accepting prescription drugs between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. PT.
We encourage every citizen to look in their homes for any old, unused prescription medication and bring them to one of the listed collection sites for disposal. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27th Take-Back Day event, go to: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
Any public inquiries can be made to: 1 (800) 882-9539, or contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Affairs Division at: 1 (909) 387-3700.
Public Affairs Division can be reached at: 1 (909) 387-3700
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