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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.

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

Phelan Substation
4050 Phelan Road
Phelan
760-995-8781

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

Needles Police Department
1111 Bailey Avenue
Needles
760-326-9200

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Central Station
655 East 3rd Street
San Bernardino
909-884-0156

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

 


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