San Bernardino County, CA: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be participating in the 18th Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public its 18th 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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 to any one of the below-listed collection sites.
The service is free and anonymous and no questions asked.
Last April, the public turned in a record-setting amount of nearly one million pounds-nearly 468 tons of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at close to 6,300 collection sites all across the country.
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 11,816,393 pounds or 5,908.2 tons.
This initiative addr esses 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 5,900 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 nine (9) stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications.
The stations will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, no appointment is necessary.
** List of Participating San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Stations: **
– Central Station
655 East Third Street
San Bernardino, California
– Chino Hills Station
14077 Peyton Drive
Chino Hills, California
– Hesperia Station
15840 Smoketree Street Hesperia, California
– Highland Station
26985 East Baseline
– Morongo Basin Patrol Station 760-366-4175
63665 Twentnine Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, California
– Phelan Substation
4050 Phelan Road
– Rancho Cucamonga Station
10510 Civic Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, California
– Victorville Station
14200 Amargosa Road Victorville, California
– Colorado River Station
1111 Bailey Avenue
** Please Note: The Colorado River Station will also be participating in the take back event, but their hours will be from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. PT, no appointment is necessary. **
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 October 26th Take-Back Day event, go to: https://www.dea.gov/ and click on DEA National RX Take Back.
Any public inquiries can be made to: 1 (800) 882-9539 or, contact the Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division at: 1 (909) 387-3700.
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