The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners today announced a nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, September 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
"A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from medicine cabinets in the homes of family members and friends, not from the streets", said Sheriff Rod Hoops. "Many citizens do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, which are both potential safety and health hazards. Our goal is to get these unused medications out of homes and disposed of properly", he added.
"Today we are launching a first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign that will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs," said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "This effort symbolizes DEA's commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way."
"With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse," said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler. "The Department of Justice is committed to doing everything we can to make our communities safer, and this initiative represents a new front in our efforts."
"Prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like this one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health," said Director of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske. "The Federal/state/and local collaboration represented in this initiative is key in our national efforts to reduce pharmaceutical drug diversion and abuse."
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department will have nine stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications. They will be open on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and no appointment is necessary. The participating sites are listed below:
Central Station 909.387.3545
655 East 3rd Street, San Bernardino
Highland Police Department 909.425.9793
27215 East Baseline, Highland
Rancho Cucamonga Police Department 909.477.2800
10510 Civic Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga
Chino Hills Police Department 909.364.2000
14077 Peyton Drive, Chino Hills
Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station 909.366.0060
26010 Highway 189, Twin Peaks
Big Bear Sheriff's Station 909.866.0100
477 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake
Victorville Police Department 760.241.2911
14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville
Morongo Basin Station 760.366.4175
6527 White Feather Road, Joshua Tree
Barstow Sheriff's Station 760.256.4870
225 East Mt. View, Barstow
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 collection site nearest you or Sheriff's Public Affairs Division at 909. 387.3700.