On Saturday March 15, 2014, the Camarillo Police Department is partnering with Leisure Village Security for the third time, to collect unused / expired prescription medication from residents of Leisure Village. The Camarillo Police Department started its first prescription Rx collection at Leisure Village in December of 2012. Knowing how difficult it is for some elderly residents to bring the unused / expired prescriptions to the drop off bin at the Police Station, the Camarillo Police Department has been bringing the collection to the residents.
During the first two collections, a total of 220 pounds of unused / expired prescription medication was collected. Based on the success of those two collections, the Camarillo Police Department and Leisure Village Security decided to conduct additional collections every six months. The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind citizens that unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue and can lead to overdose and abuse.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. 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.
As a reminder, if you want to drop off unused / expired medications at the Police Department, we have a Pharmaceutical drop-off bin in our lobby. The lobby is open Monday-Friday from 8:00AM-5:00PM.