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Eighth Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, April 26th

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prescription-drugsThe San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, April 26th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the below listed collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills. 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. 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 3.4 million pounds – more than 1,700 tons of pills that have been turned in over the previous seven events. It is critical that residents understand that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards,” said Sheriff John McMahon. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will have twelve stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications. They will be open on Saturday, April 26h, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. The participating sites are listed below:

Apple Valley Police Department 760-240-7400 14931 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley

Barstow Sheriff’s Station 760-256-4838 225 East Mt. View, Barstow

Big Bear Sheriff’s Station 909-866-0100 477 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake

Central Station 909-387-3545 655 East 3rd Street, San Bernardino

Chino Hills Station 909- 364-2000 14077 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills

Hesperia Police Department 760-947-1500 15840 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia

Highland Police Department 909-425-9793 26985 East Baseline, Highland

Morongo Basin Station 760-366-4175 63665 Twenty Nine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

Rancho Cucamonga Police Department 909-477-2800 10510 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga

Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station 760-552-6800 11613 Bartlett Avenue, Adelanto

Victorville Police Department 760-241-2911 14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville

Yucaipa Police Department 909-790-3105 34282 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa

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. If you have any questions, contact the Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division at 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 www.dea.gov and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon.

For additional information pertaining to DEA and prescription drug abuse, visit www.dea.gov, www.justthinktwice.gov, or www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.

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San Bernardino Sheriff's Public Affairs Division

The Public Affairs Division consists of specialized units, Media Liaison, Community Liaison, Labor/Industrial Relations, Operation CleanSWEEP, Crime-Free Multi-Housing, Juvenile Intervention Program and Special Projects. The division serves as a departmental representative by fostering relationships between the organization and the communities. Division staff works closely with media sources, citizen groups, labor units, residents, schools, apartment managers, property owners and the faith community to facilitate the flow of information between the Sheriff's Department and the citizens they serve. The relationship provides a key point of contact for community policing initiatives and problem solving. By working cooperatively with members of the community, the division is committed to making San Bernardino County a safer place to live and work. . Some of the folks we need to recognize at the Public Affairs Office that help get the stories out are, "Arden Wiltshire" (awiltshire(at)sbcsd.org), "Cynthia, Beavers" (cbeavers(at)sbcsd.org), and "Jodi Miller" (jmiller(at)sbcsd.org) Locally we might get stories written by Corporal Rick Millard, Captain Don Miller and others.

1 Comment

  1. “Big pharma” has not produced a curative drug in over 55 years. Pharma drugs are the most abused drugs on planet Earth and often the most expensive.

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