Prescription Drug Takeback Day set for Saturday
During Prescription Drug Takeback Day, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs, according to a news release.
Bring your medications for disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, at the collection sites. No appointment is necessary. The service is free and anonymous — no questions asked.
In April, Americans turned over 742,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.
In its six previous Takeback events, DEA and its partners took in more than 1,400 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 now are 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 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department remains committed to their partnership with the DEA. It is imperative that residents are aware of the proper way to dispose of unused prescription medications,” Sheriff John McMahon said.
The Sheriff’s Department will have several stations participating with the collection of these unused prescriptionmedications.
The collection sites are located at:
Barstow Sheriff’s Station, 225 East Mt. View, Barstow.
Apple Valley Police Department, 14931 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley.
Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, 477 Summit Boulevard, Big Bear Lake.
Hesperia Police Department, 15840 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia.
Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, 11613 Bartlett Avenue, Adelanto.
Victorville Police Department, 14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville.