- Tuesday October 18th, 2011 :: 12:15 p.m. PDT
THIRD NATIONWIDE PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY - See the below list for locations in San Bernardino County
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, October 29th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 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. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, halogens, and heroin combined.
“Americans have turned in over 618,593,000 pounds – 309 tons – of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners during the First and Second Nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Days”, said Sheriff Rod Hoops. “The success of this program is clearly an indication of how important this partnership with the DEA is to the citizens of San Bernardino County. 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”, he added.
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, October 29th, 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
26985 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 Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division at
In addition to the collection sites listed above, additional locations throughout Southern California can be found by visiting www.dea.gov and clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon.
For additional information pertaining to DEA and prescription drug abuse, visit www.dea.gov, www.justthinktwice.gov, or www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.
Public Affairs Division
ROD HOOPS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
SBSD - Central
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92415