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The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 19th opportunity in over ten years 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, October 24th, 2020, from 10 a.m. to2 p.m., at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station 63665 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree (760) 366-4175. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, the public turned in nearly 883,000 pounds – 441.5 tons of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at close to 6,200 collection sites all across the country. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 12,699,456 pounds or 6,349.7 tons.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse, and overdose. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. 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. Also, 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. “Educating the public on the proper disposal of unused medicines has led to over 441.5 tons of prescription drugs being turned in. The success of this program is evident; I believe residents are aware of this service and plan for it,” said Sheriff John McMahon.

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. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th Take-Back Day event, go to and click on DEA National RX Take Back.

Any public inquiries can be made to 1-800-882-9539 or, contact the Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division at 909. 387.3700

Public Affairs Division

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department