Prescription Drug Drop-Box Program

Prescription Drop-BoxUnwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs have been determined to present substantial risks to our community by either falling into the wrong hands, or by damaging our environment through improper disposal. It is this awareness that has resulted in the Oceanside Police Department and other participating law enforcement agencies to provide a safe alternative method to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals.

The Problem

Studies have shown that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances - those found in our home medicine cabinets - have become the supply of choice for young people and criminals. Many abusers, a high percentage of which are teens, are known to have obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends. In addition, research has shown that our environment has been threatened by medications being flushed down toilets. Most controlled substances are created synthetically, and are not removed through normal water-treatment processes. This can result in the discharge of these substances into the environment and into our ground water supplies.

The Solution

The Oceanside Police Department has installed a secure pharmaceutical drug collection drop-box at the Oceanside Police Department, 3855 Mission Avenue. Community members are now welcome to come to the front lobby of the Oceanside Police Department where unwanted medications may be turned in anonymously. This collection box is not intended for the use of physicians or other business entities who already have established procedures and existing resources for the disposal of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals.

Medications in standard containers may be deposited in those containers. Loose medication can be put into plastic bags available at the collection box and then deposited. Please ensure any liquid medication is enclosed in secure containers and placed in a plastic bag before depositing. Syringes cannot be placed in the drop box under any circumstances. This creates a hazardous situation for our evidence personnel.

Once collected, evidence staff will ensure the medication is disposed of according to State and Federal laws.