Kern County Sheriff's Office to hold 5th drug take-back event in county

Expired, unwanted, unused pills accepted


The Kern County Sheriff's Office has announced that they will participate in Nationwide Drug Take-Back day.

On Saturday April 27,  the KCSO will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a fifth time to collect potentially dangerous, unused medications from medicine cabinets and homes throughout Kern County.

This nationwide Take-Back day will provide an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutically controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

The one day effort will also bring national focus to the issue of the dangers associated with the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs, and the inherent danger of these substances falling into the hands of juveniles.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Take-Back collection sites at the following locations:

  • Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Facility: 1350 Norris Rd. in Bakersfield,
  • Buttonwillow Substation: 181 E. First Street in Buttonwillow,
  • Mojave Substation: 1771 Highway 58 in Mojave,
  • Frazier Park Market: 632 Laguna Trail in Frazier Park,
  • Pine Mountain Club HOA Headquarters: 2425 Beechwood Dr. in Pine Mountain,
  • Kern Valley Substation: 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella,
  • Wasco Substation: 748 “F” St. in Wasco,
  • Delano Substation: 455 Lexington St. in Delano,
  • Lamont Substation: 12022 Main St. in Lamont

Sheriff’s Office personnel will be on hand at each collection site from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to accept unused and unwanted medications. The service is free of charge, anonymous, and no questions asked.

The following regulations apply to the program:

  • Only controlled and over the counter substances will be collected.
  • Participants must maintain control of the substance they wish to drop off until it is placed in a sealed container at the drop off site.
  • Only pills, tablets, and capsules will be accepted.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted.
  • Illegal, illicit substances will not be accepted.

Additional collection sites in Kern County can be found by visiting

If you would like additional information, please contact Kern County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-391-7605 or by email at or Crime Prevention Specialist Ashley Glover at 661-392-6914 or by email at


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