Hundreds of Kern County residents dropped off their prescription pills Saturday. It was part of national effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous unused medications and the turnout here was big.
As part of national drug Take-Back day, for the fifth year in a row the Kern County Sheriff's Department partnered with the drug enforcement administration to collect unused drugs.
"I've been collecting them and collection them," said Gail Moore of Bakersfield who dropped off a couple of bags. "When I saw the sign that the Sheriff's Department would take them I was very excited about that."
"It's been overwhelming," said Ashley Glover, a crime prevention specialist with the Kern County Sheriff's Department. "We probably have about ten huge trash bags full. We see a lot of times people have been saving these medications for years stockpiling them and they just need somewhere to get rid of them."
With nine drop off locations across the county residents could dump a bag of pills no questions asked.
"I'm glad this happens once a year then I know to save up for it," said Marjorie Trens of Bakersfield.
"We take all prescriptions as long as they are in tablet capsule or pill form," said Glover. "We don't take injectables or syringes or things of that nature."
Their goal make sure people not prescribed the medications don't get their hands on the drugs.
"Prescription medicine abuse is a huge problem nationwide and especially we're seeing with juveniles the number one resource to get these prescription pills is in actually home medicine cabinets," said Glover.
Now they're in the hands of law enforcement ready to be incinerated preventing illegal pill popping one bottle at a time.
"If we can get these drugs out of trash cans and medicine cabinets we can prevent accidental overdoses and drug abuse," said Glover.
If you missed the collection Saturday but have old prescriptions you can drop them off at the Kern County Special Waste Facility at 4915 Standard Street in Bakersfield on Thursday, Friday and Saturday form 8 a.m. 4 p.m.