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Sheriff's department gets unwanted meds off streets

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

People showed up to dump their unwanted medications Saturday and the Pima County Sheriff's Department gladly accepted them.

The department is continuing to host Dispose-A-Med events due to past success. In 2012 PCSD collected a total of 1,553 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs, according to a news release.

Deputies say disposing meds properly is important because teenagers now abuse prescription drugs more than any other illegal drug except for marijuana.

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. Outdated or unusable drugs that are disposed of by flushing or pouring down a sink enter the environment because wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to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.

Saturday's collection was from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on 2175 W. Ruthrauff Road.

Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids and creams were collected. Metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles, syringes and EpiPens were not accepted.

The event was free. For information about future Dispose-A-Med events, click here.

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