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Press Release: Riverside County Sheriff’s / D.E.A. “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”
Agency: Sheriff's Administration
Station Area: Riverside County
Written Date: March 24, 2017 Time:  
Incident Date: April 29, 2017 Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM
Incident Location: Riverside County Sheriff’s Stations
Reporting Officer: Lieutenant  J. Mathieu Burden


The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is proud to announce its partnership with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day.   The event will take place on Saturday, April 29th, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  The program allows members of 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 Riverside County.  

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 misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, 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, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

More information can be found by going to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/Opens in New Window. 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.

The next Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is taking place on Saturday, April 29th, 2017, from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the following Sheriff’s Stations:

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station
7477 Mission Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92509
Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station
73705 Gerald Ford Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Southwest Sheriff’s Station
30755 A Auld Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
Perris Sheriff’s Station
137 N. Perris Blvd. Suite A
Perris, CA 92570
Moreno Valley Police Department
22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92552
Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station
333 Limited Ave.
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Hemet Sheriff’s Station
43950 Acacia Ave. Suite B
Hemet, CA 92544
Calimesa Senior Center
908 Park Ave.        
Calimesa, CA 92320
951-922-7100 (Cabazon Station)
Thermal Sheriff’s Station
86625 Airport Blvd.
Thermal, CA 92274

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