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Eleventh Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 to 2:00

County Sheriff’s Departments in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day. This “Take-Back” day will give the public its eleventh opportunity 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 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to any one of the collection sites listed at the bottom of this page. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds – more than 2,750 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.

The participating sites are listed below:

Apple Valley Police Department
14931 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley

Barstow Sheriff’s Station, 225 East Mt. View, Barstow

Central Station
655 East 3rd Street, San Bernardino

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

Hesperia Police Department
15840 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia

Highland Police Department
26985 East Baseline, Highland

Morongo Basin Station
63665 Twenty Nine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree

Rancho Cucamonga Police Department
10510 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga

Victorville Police Department
14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville

Yucaipa Police Department
34282 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station
7477 Mission Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92509

Thermal Sheriff’s Station
86625 Airport Blvd, Thermal, CA 92274

Moreno Valley Police Department
22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92552

Southwest Sheriff’s Station
30755 A Auld Road, Murrieta, CA 92563

Perris Sheriff’s Station
137 N. Perris Blvd. Suite A, Perris, CA 92570

Other participants in this initiative include the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National District Attorneys Association.

The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

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