Oxnard Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

cheap arial, cure sans-serif;”>On September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Oxnard Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Oxnard Police Department located at 251 South C Street, or the CVS Pharmacy at 551 S. Ventura Rd. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected. The Oxnard Police Department collected over 500 pounds during the 2014 collection.

Local law enforcement agencies like the Oxnard Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

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