Pima County Sheriff's Department

1750 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 351-4600
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Press Release

Dispose-A-Med This Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sent on 1/28/2014 10:13:54 AM

In 2013, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department collected a total of 2,550 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs. Why is proper disposal of these substances so important? There are several factors that should be taken into account. 1. Teenagers now abuse prescription drugs more than any other illegal drug except for marijuana. The majority of teens who abuse these drugs get them for free, usually from friends and relatives and often without their knowledge by raiding the medicine cabinet. Storing unused or outdated prescriptions creates an opportunity for illicit use. One in five teens report intentionally misusing someone else's prescription drugs to get high. 2. Outdated or unusable drugs that are disposed of by flushing or pouring down a sink enter the environment because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove them. Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs are present in our nation's waterbodies and certain drugs may cause ecological harm. To help combat these issues, the Sheriff’s Department periodically provides opportunities for the proper disposal of unused and/or expired prescription drugs through its Dispose-A-Med program. Date of Event: Saturday, February 1, 2014, Time of Event: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Fry’s located at 8080 S. Houghton Road. • Prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be collected. • Please put your pills into a plastic bag before bringing them to the Dispose-A-Med. • No personal information is allowed on the containers. • Metal or glass inhalers, syringes, epi-pens, patches, creams, liquids, and diabetic test strips 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.

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