With prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication abuse remaining one of the fastest growing problems among teens and young adults, it’s important to ensure unwanted, unused and expired medications are removed from homes.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26, Orange County residents can safely, easily and anonymously empty their medicine cabinets at locations throughout the region participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, held in conjunction with local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Agency. See below for a list of drop-off sites in Orange County.
Drug safety is important to practice year-round. Here are some tips to help your family take charge of medications in your home:
- If you have to do something else while taking medicine, such as answer the phone, take any young
children with you.
- Be aware of any legal or illegal drugs that guests may bring into your home. Ask guests to store drugs where children cannot find them. Children can easily get into pillboxes, purses, backpacks, or coat pockets.
- Do not call medicine “candy.”
- Talk to your teen about prescription and OTC drug abuse. Ensure your teen understands that buying
or using prescription medication without a doctor’s order is dangerous and illegal.
- Keep your family’s medications in a secure location and secure the cap completely after each use.
Set clear rules about taking the correct dosage at the right time. Ask friends and family to keep
their prescription and OTC medications in a safe place, too.
- Explain the purpose of each prescribed or OTC medication, including possible side effects. Although
you may not have prescription medications in your home, your child’s friend or family might. Stress
that it is both illegal and extremely dangerous to share any kind of medications.
- Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents. Ensure you are all on the same page when it
comes to drugs, alcohol and medications.
- Check with your child’s school. When teaching about substance abuse, does it include prescription
and OTC medications?
- Discard all old and unneeded medications properly. Mix medications with used coffee grounds, dirt
or kitty litter; add hot water; and place in the garbage. Never flush them down a toilet.
To participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, here’s a list of drop-off sites in Orange County:
San Juan Capistrano City Hall
32400 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Placentia Police Department
401 E. Chapman Ave., Placentia, CA 92870
Villa Park City Hall parking lot
17855 Santiago Blvd., Villa Park, CA 92861
University Hills Community Center
1083 California Ave., Irvine, CA 92617
Costa Mesa Police Department front lobby
99 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Buena Park Police Department front lobby
6640 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90622
Brea Police Department front lobby
1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821
Huntington Beach Police Department front desk
2000 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Lake Forest City Hall
25550 Commerce Centre Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Seal Beach Police Department
911 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740
Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center, office building 1
3460 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806
Tustin Police Department, front parking lot
300 Centennial Way, Tustin, CA 92780
Buena Park Police Department, Ehlers Event Center
8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park, CA 90620
Santa Ana Police Department, west-end office
3750 W. McFadden Ave., Suite 1, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Orange City Hall parking lot
360 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866
Kaiser Permanente Hospital parking lot
6670 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92618
Oasis Senior Center, overflow parking lot
801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
La Habra Police Department front lobby
150 N. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631
Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Yorba Linda service station
20994 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92887
Fountain Valley Police Department parking lot
10200 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Fullerton Police Department drive-through on Highland Avenue
237 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832
Laguna Hills City Hall
24035 El Toro Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Westminster Police Department parking lot
8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683
Cypress Police Department front parking lot
5275 Orange Ave., Cypress, CA 90630
Garden Grove Police Department
11301 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, CA 92842