Pharmaceutical Collections for the first half of 2014
By Gazette Staff Writer — Thursday, July 17th, 2014
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is very pleased to announce that we have collected 2,830.3 pounds of unused / expired medication through the first six months of 2014. During 2013, we collected a total of 5,288.2 pounds of unused medication, so we are currently on pace for another record setting year.
A breakdown of this year’s collection for the first half of the year is as follows: Fillmore station - 16.1 pounds, Ojai station – 106 pounds, Camarillo station – 1,196 pounds, Moorpark station – 158.2 pounds, Headquarters station – 178 pounds, and Thousand Oaks station, 1,176 pounds.
A breakdown of the 2013 collection totals is as follows: Fillmore station – 93.9 pounds, Ojai station – 143 pounds, , Camarillo station – 2,197 pounds, Moorpark station – 249.3 pounds, Headquarters station – 257 pounds, and Thousand Oaks station, 2,348 pounds. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizens of Ventura County, for their outstanding effort to make our communities safer.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in the United States. 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 any Sheriff’s Substation, we have Pharmaceutical drop-off bins in all of our lobbies. The lobbies are open Monday-Friday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM.