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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
INLAND EMPIRE, Calif – Inland Empire County Sheriff’s Departments are proud to announce their partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.
Last October, the public turned in a record-setting amount of nearly one million pounds-nearly 457 tons of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at close to 6,000 collection sites all across the country. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 10,878,950 pounds or 5,439.5 tons.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. The program allows the public to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at any of the below listed Sheriff’s Stations throughout the counties.
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.
The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.
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