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National Drug Take Back Day is Sat, October 26

medicationTwice yearly, Sheriffs’ departments across the U.S. participate in National Drug Takeback Day to educate the public about the potential for abuse of medications and provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of medicines and prescription drugs. The next event for residents is Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at:

Thousand Oaks East County Patrol Station: 2101 E. Olsen Rd. Thousand Oaks; (805) 494-8260

This location is open all year round (Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) for dropping off unwanted medications but the National Drug Take Back Day provides a Saturday drop-off opportunity for those who are unable to stop by on weekdays.

Properly disposing of unwanted or expired drugs protects everyone in our community, but particularly children. There is a prescription drug epidemic in America. Drug poisoning deaths (including all types of drugs) are now the leading cause of injury death in the U.S and at the highest level ever recorded. Prescription and over-the counter medications can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs. Additionally, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet.  

Unused drugs that are flushed or poured down drains can contaminate streams and if they are placed in the trash they can contaminate the environment and even the water supply. Please dispose of unused drugs safely by taking them to an authorized collection facility. This will ensure their eventual safe incineration.

The following items can be accepted at the Police station: human and pet prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, medications for pets, vitamins, medicated ointments/lotions inhalers, or liquid medication in leak-proof containers.

The procedure for drug disposal is: Empty pills from their plastic bottles and containers into a zippered plastic bag at home before bringing them to the Police station.  (No need to identify which medications are inside on the outside of the bag.) It’s OK to mix up the pills. Blister packs of pills can be kept intact and dropped into the zippered bag as well. (Please recycle the empty plastic bottles in your home recycling bin after pills are removed—it’s OK to keep caps on.  Recycle any cardboard boxes and medication inserts in your home recycling bin). Liquid medicine bottles should be securely closed and placed in a zippered plastic bag before bringing to the police station and depositing in the bin.

The following items CANNOT be accepted: needles (sharps), controlled substances, medical waste, or IV bags

For more information on safe medicine disposal visit or

For more information on pharmaceutical disposal programs and sharps (needles) collection programs, click here.

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