National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29

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Residents can take expired or unwanted medications to the Thousand Oaks police station on Sat, April 29

The Thousand Oaks Police Station is providing a valuable opportunity for the community by collecting unused medications on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Normally, prescription drugs can only be dropped off at police stations on weekdays, so this Saturday event is much more convenient for residents who are unable to drop off weekdays.

People often ask how they should dispose of expired or unused medications. The most common questions are, “Can I flush them down the toilet, or should they go in the trash?” The answer is no to both. Flushing them puts the dissolved chemicals into the water supply. Throwing them away puts the chemicals in the landfill and eventually they may leak out.

The drug take-back event is a collaborative effort between local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage residents to properly get rid of their expired or unused drugs. 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 their parents or other relatives medications. The consequences of medications getting into the wrong hands and being abused can be deadly. Preventing a tragedy can be as simple as taking your unused or expired medications to any one of the police stations in Ventura County and disposing of them in the bin or dropping them by this Saturday during the Take Back Day.

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. The following items cannot be accepted: needles (sharps), controlled substances, medical waste, or IV bags. Dry medications should be placed in Ziploc bags, and liquid medications should be in sealed containers.

Click here for info on how to dispose of sharps (needles, syringes, lancets and epipens).

The closest location for prescription drug drop-off for Thousand Oaks residents is:

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

Other Ventura County drop off locations include:

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 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at the Thousand Oaks Police Station) because every day is drug take back day.

During the 2016 year, 1,622 pounds of medications were  collected from just the City of Thousand Oaks. Thank you to all the residents for making our communities safer.

Year-Round Pharmaceutical Disposal 
If you aren’t able to make it to Drug Take-Back Day, residents can dispose of their medications year round during business hours Monday through Friday at the Thousand Oaks East County Patrol Station Lobby at 2101 E. Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

Click here for more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

2 Comment

  1. I think I just lost my message I already typed when I hit the tab button to go down…..Anyway, have not read anywhere HOW to dispose of the RX’s. Do you want them in the original container or dumped into a plastic bag? Labels are difficult to remove and some may have refills so wanted to securely give them to you….

  2. Bill, you can keep them in their original container and black out your personal information such as your name, if you do not wish to remove the label. If you prefer, you can put them in a plastic bag and they will still be accepted.

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