By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– To prevent pill abuse and theft, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will hold Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. The public is invited to bring potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at participating Sheriff’s Stations. Participating High Desert stations include: Victorville Police Department, 14200 Amargosa Road, Victorville and the Phelan Substation, 4050 Phelan Road, Phelan. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
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. 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. https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.