By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: United States Drug Enforcement Administration and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Information):
Picture: United States Drug Enforcement Administration (Courtesy):
San Bernardino County, California: The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 20th opportunity in over ten years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, the public turned in 985,392 pounds – 492.7 tons of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at close to 4,600 collection sites all across the country.
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 13,684,848 pounds or 6,842.4 tons.
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
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 492.7 tons of prescription drugs being turned in. The success of this program is evident; I believe residents are aware of this service and plan for it,” said Sheriff John McMahon.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will have nine (9) stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications.
*** Dispose of your unwanted and unused prescription drugs, no appointment is necessary, at the following times and dates at these San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department locations: ***
– Open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. PT on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at:
Colorado River Station (Needles Police Department)
1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street
– Open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 at:
– Barstow Sheriff’s Station
225 East Mountain View
– Big Bear Sheriff’s Station
477 Summit Boulevard
Big Bear Lake, California
– Central Station
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, California
– Chino Hills Police Department
14077 Peyton Drive
Chino Hills, California
– Highland Police Department
26985 Baseline Avenue
– Morongo Basin Patrol Station
63665 Twentynine Palms Highway (29 Palms Hwy)
Joshua Tree, California
– Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station
26010 California State Route 189 (Highway 189)
Twin Peaks, California
– Victorville Police Department
14200 Amargosa Road
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 24th 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 909-387-3700
Public Affairs Division
JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department