LSCO announces Drug Takeback Day Saturday, Oct. 29

Lassen County residents who would like to dispose of unwanted medications may do so Saturday, Oct. 29 at the front lobby at the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a statement from the LCSO, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the LCSO invite the public to take part in a national effort to combat the opioid crisis and keep our communities safe. The DEA and its national and community partners hold biannual Take Back Days aimed to provide a safe, convenient and ecologically responsible method of prescription medication disposal while also focusing on prevention and education

Collection protocols

  • This program is anonymous and all effort will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made.
  • All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement personnel will not handle the medications at any time.
  • No effort will be made by law enforcement personnel to count, inventory or log medications.
  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If the original container is submitted, you are encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.
  • Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices will be collected only after the batteries are removed from the device(s). If the battery cannot be removed, you can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the device for proper removal.