Camarillo Police Department and Leisure Village Residents Participate in Expired/Unused Prescription Medication
6/25/2013 4:11:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Prescription / Rx Collection @ Leisure Village
200 Leisure Village Drive, Camarillo, Ca
Date & Time:
June 22, 2013 / 10:00AM ' 3:00PM
Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
On Saturday June 22, 2013, the Camarillo Police Department partnered with Leisure Village Security a second time, to collect 121 ½ pounds of unused / expired prescription medication, from residents of the village. The Camarillo Police Department started its first prescription Rx collection at Leisure Village, in December of 2012. Knowing how difficult it is for some elderly residents to bring the unused / expired prescriptions to the drop off bin at the Police Station, the Camarillo Police Department thought it would be a good idea to bring the collection to the residents.
During the first collection, 99 pounds of unused / expired prescription medication was collected during a five hour period. Based on the success of the first collection, the Camarillo Police Department and Leisure Village Security decided to conduct collections every six months. The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind citizens that unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to overdose and abuse.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. Additionally, the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
As a reminder, if you want to drop off unused / expired medications at the Police Department, we have a Pharmaceutical drop-off bin in our lobby. The lobby is open Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-5:00PM.
Sergeant John M. Franchi
Media Release Date:
June 25, 2013
Sergeant John M. Franchi / 805-388-5135
Captain Bruce Macedo
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