Prescription & OTC Drugs: Rx Disposal Sites

Disposal Bin Locations

Call your local police department for safe, confidential drop-off bins.

Use of Ventura County's Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Almost 1 in 5 Ventura County residents have dropped off unused or expired Rx drugs at a County disposal bin.

Ventura County is actively engaged and committed to preventing Rx/OTC drug misuse and abuse. One of the ways the County works to address the issue locally is by reducing access, especially to teens. VCBH Alcohol and Drug Programs, in collaboration with the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Office, established a countywide Rx disposal program that allows residents to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired Rx medication via secure, confidential disposal bins. In order to obtain current, generalizable, community-level data on issues related to alcohol and other drug use, VCBH commissioned a random digit dial telephone survey. To measure the public’s use of these disposal bins, respondents were asked if they have ever dropped off their unused or expired Rx drugs at a County drop box.

Across respondents, 18% indicated using the County’s disposal bins.

Use of the County’s bins was consistent across residents in East and West county. Of note, 73% of Ventura County residents indicated Rx drugs, for uses not as prescribed and/or intended, are “fairly easy” or “very easy” for teenagers to obtain, further supporting the need for an ongoing disposal program to address access concerns.

> Read the Ventura County Community Health Survey: Selected Findings - Rx & OTC Drugs FY 14-15

Sharps Disposal Guidelines

The County of Ventura Environmental Health Division and local medical facilities.

Don’t get stuck with used “sharps” -  free containers and disposal for used needles.

> Click here to read the Sharps Disposal Guidelines

Household Hazardous Waste

Public Works Agency, County of Ventura - Local Household Hazardous Waste Facilities (HHW), Collection Event Information, and Recycling Facilities

Most HHW facilities accept expired or unwanted medications; however, medications containing controlled substances are not accepted pursuant to state and federal regulation. Most Ventura County Sheriff stations have pharmaceutical drop-boxes in the station lobby for residents to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medication, including those containing controlled substances.

> Click here to read the household hazardous waste collection information.

What You Can Do

  • Commit to safely disposing of your prescription drugs
  • Get the facts on Rx & OTC drug abuse
  • Dispel the myth that Rx drugs are safe to abuse
  • Know the signs and symptoms of drug use
  • Monitor and secure all medications

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