Pima County Sheriff's Department

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Tucson, AZ 85714
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Press Release

Sheriff's Department Creates Permanent Drug DisposalOption

Sent on 9/25/2015 12:04:43 PM

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department will add a new service at its Rincon District Office near the corner of Tanque Verde Road and Catalina Highway. A drop-off box for unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs will be installed permanently. The purchase and installation of the container was made possible by the Community Partnership Coalition and will be accessible during normal business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM). The box will be installed on Saturday, September 26, 2015, while the Sheriff’s Department conducts another Dispose-A-Med event in the parking lot behind the Rincon District Office at 8999 E. Tanque Verde Road between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. As usual, unused prescription and over the counter drugs can be returned with no questions asked. The Dispose-A-Med program is one of the more popular community service programs we offer and serves multiple, valuable purposes. In fact the Rincon District Office had an ever-increasing number of requests to accept unused medication. When approached by the Sheriff’s Department, our community partners readily responded and helped to create this permanent service. Media representatives are encouraged to attend the event. Between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM, on Saturday, the following representatives of the community partnership will be available at the Rincon District for interviews: • Amy Bass, M.S.W., Director of Prevention, Pasadera Behavioral Health Network • Karin Merritt, MBA, MT (A.S.C.P.), Compliance and Laboratory Supervisor, Pima County Health Department • Daniel Quintanar, Project Manager, Director’s Office – Strategic Initiatives, Tucson Water The proper collection and disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs is extremely important. Improper or careless disposal creates potential problems, namely environmental and health hazards. On Saturday, we will provide additional information and explanation as to the prevention of these issues. Volunteers with Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV), deputies and representatives of the Community Partnership Coalition will be in attendance.


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