prescription drugs

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says the public is poorly informed about the availability of disposal bins for unwanted drugs in the county, and that the amount of prescription drugs actually collected is being overreported.

The county has safe disposal bins at a number of Sheriff's Office and police stations. But, the report says most people are unaware of their availability.

Santa Barbara County has launched a new effort to make it easier, and safer for you to dispose of unused medications.

The County has started installing the first of two dozen dropoff boxes and pharmacies, and healthcare centers.

Ventura County prosecutors say a doctor has lost his ability to prescribe controlled substances, and could face jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal prescribing a controlled substance.

Dr. William Matzner’s medical license is also under review. Prosecutors say the Simi Valley based physician was selling oxycodone from his office.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

The 58 year old doctor could face up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced in August.