BARSTOW In an effort to reduce misuse of prescription drugs, Barstow Sheriff's Station will be participating in a prescription drug take-back day this Saturday.

On the day of the event, the DEA will have a container set up at the sheriff's station where residents will be able to rid themselves of any expired or unnecessary prescription drugs.

The service requires no appointment and it's free of charge with no questions asked.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller, many people are sometimes not aware of how to dispose of their medication.

"People try to dispose of it in the trash or in the toilet," said Miller. "We are trying to eliminate any possible misuse and reduce possible hazard by disposing of the drugs accordingly."
Nine sites in San Bernardino County including Barstow will be accepting the unwanted medication.

At last year's prescription drug take-back day, 121 tons of prescription drugs were turned in throughout the country, according to sheriff's reports.

"The DEA found the prescription drug take-back day was a great success," Miller said. "So, we had to do it again."

The annual service is a nationwide effort started by the DEA to reduce theft and overdose of prescription drugs.