Prescription & OTC Drugs: Rx Disposal Sites

25,129 pounds of Rx DRUGS have been collected for SAFE DISPOSAL by Ventura County Sheriff's Office since 2009

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 prescription 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 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. 18% indicated using the County’s disposal bins. 73% 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

Disposal Bin Locations

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

Sharps Disposal Guidelines

Please refer to the “Don’t get stuck with used “sharps” flyer for information and a list of these locations within Ventura County.
> Sharps Disposal Guidelines
> Home Generated Sharps

Household Hazardous Waste

The County of Ventura holds monthly events for the collection of hazardous waste on an appointment basis at the Pollution Prevention Center. Most facilities accept expired or unwanted medications; however, medications containing controlled substances are not accepted.  
> Read more about Household Hazardous Waste Collection

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

To Learn More

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