TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Pima County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a DEA drug take back event, Saturday, April 27.
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.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations:
- Kirk-Bear Canyon Library 8959 E Tanque Verde Rd.
- Walgreens-13542 E Colossal Cave Rd.
- Walmart-7635 N. La Cholla Blvd.
For safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned. They will not accept drugs from commercial organizations.
Over the past several years, the PCSD has partnered with the D.E.A. to collect thousands of pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs.
Also participating in this drug take back event will be the Fry’s Pharmacy at 7050 E. 22nd Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fry’s Foods pharmacy associates will offer free DisposeRx® at-home medication disposal packets.
Proper disposal is essential for several reasons:
- 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 Storing unused or outdated prescriptions creates an opportunity for illicit use.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 report intentionally misusing someone else’s prescription drugs to get high.
- Outdated or unusable drugs that are disposed of by flushing or pouring down a sink enter the environment because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to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 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.