The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 20th opportunity in over 10 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 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, to any nine collection sites throughout San Bernardino County, including the Highland Police Station at 26985 Baseline and Central Station at 655 E. Third St., San Bernardino. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, the public turned in 985,392 pounds — about 492.7 tons — of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at close to 4,600 collection sites all across the country. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 13.7 million pounds or 6,842.4 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.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will have nine stations participating with the collection of these unused prescription medications.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs. Visit dea.gov/ and click on DEA National RX Take Back or call 1 (800) 882-9539 or contact the Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division at (909) 387-3700.