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15th Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 - 2:00


County Sheriff’s together with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in over seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to any one of the below-listed collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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 4,500 tons of prescription drugs being turned in. The success of this program is evident. I believe residents are aware of this every six-month service being provided to them and, they plan for it,” said Sheriff John McMahon.

County Sheriff’s Department will have stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications. They will be open on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. The participating sites are listed below:

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station
7477 Mission Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92509
951-955-2600

Southwest Sheriff’s Station
30755 A Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
951-696-3000

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

Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station
73705 Gerald Ford Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-836-1600

Colorado River Sheriff’s Station
260 N. Spring St
Blythe, CA 92225
760-921-7900

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

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station
7477 Mission Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92509
951-955-2600

Southwest Sheriff’s Station
30755 A Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
951-696-3000

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

Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station
73705 Gerald Ford Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-836-1600

Colorado River Sheriff’s Station
260 N. Spring St.
Blythe, CA 92225
760-921-7900

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

Moreno Valley Police Department
22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92552
951-486-6700

Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station
333 Limited Ave.
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
951-245-3300

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

Hemet Sheriff’s Station
43950 Acacia Ave. Suite B
Hemet, CA 92544
951-791-3400

Calimesa Senior Center
908 Park Ave.
Calimesa, CA 92320
951-922-7100 (Cabazon Station)

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

San Jacinto CVS Pharmacy Parking Lot
102 South Sanderson Rd.
San Jacinto, CA 92582
951-791-3400 (Hemet Station)

Perris Sheriff’s Station
137 N. Perris Blvd. Suite A
Perris, CA 92570
951-210-1000

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

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

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

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

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 28th Take-Back Day event, go to https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/



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