Safe & Secure Prescription Drug Disposal

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. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO), in collaboration with Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), established a countywide prescription disposal program that allows residents to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired Rx medication via secure, confidential disposal bins.

  • Recent data continue to support the need for ongoing and expanded availability of prescription drug disposal programs
  • 1 in 5 Ventura County teens have abused prescription drugs
  • Over 50% get them for free from friends and family
  • 73% of Ventura County residents surveyed indicated that prescription drugs, for uses not as prescribed, are "fairly easy" or "very easy" for teenagers to obtain

Since 2009, over 19 tons of prescription drugs have been collected and destroyed by the Ventura County Prescription Abuse and Heroin Workgroup partners in the VCSO. The VCSO announced the annual results of its collection of unused and expired prescription medications for 2017. The agency collected 6,813 pounds over the course of the year, the highest annual total since it began collecting prescription drugs in 2009. Nearly 1 in 5 Ventura County residents have dropped off unused or expired prescription drugs at a County disposal bin.

What You Can Do

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

Disposal Bin Locations

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

  • Camarillo Police Department
    3701 East Las Posas Road, Camarillo
    Phone: 805-388-5100
  • East County Patrol Station
    2101 East Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks
    Phone: 805-494-8260
  • Fillmore Police Department
    524 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore
    Phone: 805-524-2233
  • Headquarters Patrol Station
    800 S Victoria Avenue, Ventura
    Phone: 805-654-2304
  • Moorpark Police Department
    610 Spring Road, Moorpark
    Phone: 805-532-2700
  • Ojai Police Department
    402 S Ventura Street, Ojai
    Phone: 805-646-1414
  • Port Hueneme Police Department
    250 N Ventura Road, Port Hueneme
    Phone: 805-986-6530
  • Simi Valley Police Department
    3901 Alamo Street, Simi Valley
    Phone: 805-583-6950
  • Oxnard Police Department
    251 S C Street, Oxnard
    Phone: 805-385-7600