Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
www.pimasheriff.org

Press Release

Dispose-A-Med Event on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sent on 9/27/2013 8:22:15 PM

Improper storage and disposal of unused medications is increasingly becoming a problem in communities throughout the country. Every day, approximately 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high, many for the first time. Each year more than 71,000 children ages 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. While a large percentage of kids obtain them within their own home resulting from improper storage and ease of access from their parent's medicine cabinet, most teenagers report obtain prescription drugs from friends. On October 5, 2013, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will host a Dispose-A-Med event. The collection site will be located at 7575 E. Speedway Boulevard (Eastside Service Center Yard, enter off N. Prudence) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected. Metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles, syringes, and epipens 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.


Location

7575 E. Speedway , Tucson, AZ, United States


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