In an effort to ensure proper disposal of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” day Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents can drop off these medications at any one of the sheriff's stations listed below, including the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station at 333 Limited Ave.
During the 2012 "Take Back," Riverside County residents disposed of 2,124 pounds of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.
"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," the news release read.
"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," the release continued. (More information can be found by going to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/)
There is no charge to drop off drugs and there are no questions asked, the release continued.
The following sheriff's stations will be participating this upcoming Saturday:Cabazon Sheriff's Station
50290 Main Street
Cabazon, CA 92230
Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station
333 Limited Avenue
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Perris Sheriff's Station
137 N. Perris Blvd. Suite A
Perris, CA 92570
Hemet Sheriff's Station
43950 Acacia Avenue Suite B
Hemet, CA 92544
Moreno Valley Police Department
22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92552
Southwest Sheriff's Station
30755 Auld Rd.
Murrieta, CA 92563
Jurupa Valley Sheriff's Station
7477 Mission Boulevard
Riverside, CA 92509
Palm Desert Sheriff's Station
73705 Gerald Ford Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Thermal Sheriff's Station
86625 Airport Blvd.
Thermal, CA 92274