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, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Sent on 10/21/2016 11:03:49 AM

Over the past few years, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department has collected thousands of pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs. Proper disposal of medications is essential for many reasons: 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 by raiding the medicine cabinet, usually from friends and relatives and often without their knowledge. Storing unused or outdated prescriptions creates an opportunity for illicit use. One in five teens reports 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 Outdated or unusable drugs that are disposed of by flushing or pouring down a sink enter the environment because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to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 water bodies 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. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Date of Event: Saturday, October 22, 2016 Time of Event: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Walgreens - 2150 W. Orange Grove Rd. • Prescription and over-the-counter pills, capsules, caplets, gel caps, medicated patches, and powders will be collected. • 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.


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