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Kern County Sheriff's Office - Main
Friday September 18th, 2015 :: 08:52 a.m. PDT


DEA Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, September 26th, 2015 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for an eighth time to collect potentially dangerous, unused medications from medicine cabinets and homes throughout Kern County.

The Nationwide Drug Take-Back Day will provide a unique opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutically controlled substances or other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.  This one day effort will also bring national attention 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.

 Previous Take-Back Day events have been a huge success. Due to the overwhelming turnout at those events, the Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Take-Back collection sites at the following locations:

Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 1350 Norris Rd. in Bakersfield

Buttonwillow Substation, 181 E. First Street in Buttonwillow

Delano Substation, 455 Lexington Street in Delano

Frazier Park Substation, 617 Monterey Trail in Frazier Park

Kern Valley Substation, 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella

Wasco Substation, 748 “F” Street in Wasco

Sheriff’s Office personnel will be on hand at each collection site from 10:00 am to 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, non-controlled, and over the counter substances will be collected.
  • Participants must maintain control of the substances they wish to drop off until it is placed in a container at the drop off site.
  • Only pills, tablets, and capsules will be accepted.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, 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




Kern County Sheriff's Office - Main
1350 Norris Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 661-391-7500

Ray Pruitt
Public Information Officer

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