‚Äč               San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon claims,  “The success of this program is evident with the 4.1 million pounds – more than 2,100 tons of pills that have been turned in over the previous eight events.        It is critical that residents understand that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines pose potential safety and health hazards,”  

   9th Nationwide Prescription

TAKE-BACK DAY 

 

  The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Saturday, September 27 beginning at 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., bring pills for disposal to any one of the twelve participating stations listed below. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

In April 2013, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 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.  

 Participating Take-Back Collection  sites are: 


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.