Safe Disposal of Prescription Medicine


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Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, in collaboration with Stanislaus County Behavioral Health, Prevention Services began Drop the Drugs events across Stanislaus County in 2009.  The take back events provide community members a controlled and safe place to dispose of medications that may have accumulated in their homes; diverting potential abuse, overdose, and environmental impacts.  The non-medical use of prescription drugs to get high ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.

With the increase in demand for safe, convenient, and confidential disposal opportunities, the Drop the Drugs Prescription Medication Drop Box Program was created in 2014.

  • Recent data continue to support the need for ongoing and expanded availability of Rx drug disposal programs.
  • 1 in 7 California 11th graders have abused prescription drugs to get high.
  • 80% of heroin abusers start with prescription opioids.

Since 2009, 14,000 pounds of Rx drugs have been collected and destroyed in Stanislaus County


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


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

    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, 250 Hacket Road, Modesto, CA 95358, 209-525-7115
    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, 250 Hacket Road, Modesto, CA 95358, 209-525-7115
    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department – Coroner, 939 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355, 209-567-4500
    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department – Waterford, 320 E Street, Waterford, CA 95386, 209-874-2349
    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department – Patterson, 33 S. Del Puerto Avenue, Patterson CA 95363
    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department – Hughson, 7018 Pine Street, Hughson, CA 95326, 209-883-4052
    • Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department – Riverbank, 6727 Third Street, Riverbank, CA 95367, 209-869-7162
    • Ceres Police Department, 245 N. 2nd Avenue, Ceres, CA 95307, 209-538-5713
    • Modesto Police Department, 600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354, 209-572-9500
    • Newman Police Department, 1200 Main Street, Newman, CA 95360, 209-862-2902
    • Oakdale Police Department, 245 N. 2nd Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361, 209-847-2231
    • Turlock Police Department, 244 N. Broadway, Turlock, CA 95380, 209-668-5550

 Adapted from Ventura County Behavioral Health / 


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