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Camarillo - More Than a Ton of Medications Collected in 2013
1/2/2014 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Pharmaceutical Collection for 2013

Report Number:



Camarillo Police Department

Date & Time:

01/02/14 @ 12:30 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Community Resource Unit

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

City of Residence






     The Camarillo Police Department is very pleased to announce that we collected 2,197 pounds of unused / expired medication for the year 2013. This is the fourth straight year that the total of pharmaceuticals collected was higher than the previous year. In 2012, we collected over 1767 pounds of unused medication.  1516 pounds of unused / expired medication was collected in 2011, 1155.75 pounds in 2010 and 646.55 pounds in 2009.


     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.


     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.


Prepared by:

Sergeant John M. Franchi #2549


Media Release Date:



Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant John M. Franchi @ 805-388-5135


Approved by:

Commander Guy Stewart



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).