Big Bear Lake, CA, October 21, 2013 – This Saturday, October 26th is Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station will be collecting your medications for disposal from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites across the country.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is offering this in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions are asked and no appointment is necessary.

This initiative addresses the alarmingly high rates of accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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.

The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is located at 477 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake, and can be reached by phone at (909) 866-0100.

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