BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Now is the time to clean out your medicine cabinet of unused or expired medication.
For the first time, the DEA is accepting vape pens or other e-cigarette electronic devices. However, you must remove the batteries.
This Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local agencies will partner to offer the community safe disposal of prescription drugs.
Prescription and over-the-counter medication will be accepted however, liquids, needles, and sharps will not be accepted at the event.
The national event is held twice a year and aims to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft.
In April of 2019, close to 470 tons of unwanted and expired prescription drugs were collected nationwide.
Here is a list of locations offering to collect prescription drugs and vape pens or other e-cigarette electronic devices:
Bakersfield Police Department
- Bakersfield Police Department Lobby: 1601 Truxton Avenue
- Kaiser Permanente: 3501 Stockdale Highway
- Walmart: 5075 Gosford Road
Kern County Sheriff's Office
- Bakersfield Headquarters: 1350 Norris Road
- Lamont Substation: 12022 Main Street
- Mojave Substation: 1771 Highway 58
- Wasco Substation: 748 F Street
Tehachapi Police Department
- Tehachapi Police Department Lobby: 220 West C Street
For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, click here.