Sent on 11/30/2012 10:03:25 AM
What do you do with your old medications? More than half of us dispose of unused pharmaceuticals in the trash. Others flush them down the toilet where they contaminate the waterways. It has been estimated that nationwide as much as a third of the dispensed medication go unused – leading to potentially 200 million pounds of pharmaceuticals that could adversely affect the environment if disposed of improperly. Another obvious concern is the misuse of prescription medication. Every day, 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. However, drug abuse isn't the only risk associated with unused medications. Ingesting expired medications can be harmful. Improper disposal of medications that are no longer indicated or prescribed may lead to accidental ingestion causing drug interactions or adverse drug events. Accidental ingestion by children, the elderly, or pets can also occur. On December 1, 2012, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will host a Dispose-A-Med event. The collection site will be at the Bashas' located at 6900 E. Sunrise Drive, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected. Metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles, syringes and epi-pens will not be accepted. For safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned. We cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. If you have any questions, please contact the Community Resources Unit at (520) 351-4615.
6900 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ, United States