News Story


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
9/15/2015 1:10:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Report Number:



Sheriff's Headquarters and all Sheriff's Office substations

Date & Time:

Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office / Drug Enforcement Administration

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






In support of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the Sheriff's Office will be opening our patrol stations on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to collect expired and unused medication.


Starting with a pilot program at our Thousand Oaks Police Station nine years ago, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office has been providing the community a convenient and safe way to dispose of medications.  Additionally, we are one of the first agencies in the state to actively collect controlled substances.  Since that time, the Sheriff's Office has collected 24,992 pounds of medications.


The goal is to keep these products out of the hands of children. Many household pharmaceuticals are sold and traded among teenagers, who often help themselves to medications in the home. With your participation, we can stop the trends of abuse among the younger population and greatly impact the number of overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use.


Medications should not be flushed down the toilet because the dissolved chemicals get into the water supply. Throwing them away puts the chemicals in the landfill.


The following items can be accepted: prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, medications for pets, vitamins, medicated ointments/lotions, inhalers, or liquid medication in leak-proof containers.  Dry medications should be placed in Ziploc bags, and liquid medications should be in sealed containers.


The following items cannot be accepted: needles (sharps), illicit drugs, medical waste, or IV bags.


The locations are:


Ojai Police Department: 402 S. Ventura St. Ojai, Ca.

Fillmore Police Department: 524 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, Ca.

Headquarters Station: 800 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca.

Camarillo Police Department: 3701 Las Posas Rd. Camarillo, Ca.

Thousand Oaks Police Department: 2101 E. Olsen Rd. Thousand Oaks, Ca.

Moorpark Police Department:  610 Spring Rd. Moorpark, Ca.


In addition to Saturday's event, residents can dispose of their medications throughout the year during business hours at any of the stations in the county because every day is drug take back day.


For more information on prescription drug take-back and the Ventura County Rx and Heroin Workgroup, visit




Prepared by:

Sgt. Denise Sliva


News Release Date:

September 15, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Denise Sliva (805) 947-9258


Approved by:

Capt. John Reilly