DEA to host upcoming drug take-back event - Tucson News Now

DEA to host upcoming drug take-back event

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Arkansas State University freshman impaled after freak accident

    Arkansas State University freshman impaled after freak accident

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:05:38 GMT
    After being impaled in the neck with the shaft of a golf club, 18-year-old Natalie Jo Eaton is recovering at Regional One Medical Center.
    After being impaled in the neck with the shaft of a golf club, 18-year-old Natalie Jo Eaton is recovering at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
  • Results of law enforcement crackdown on Wednesday

    Results of law enforcement crackdown on Wednesday

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:46:04 GMT
    Over a dozen people have been arrested in the crackdown of a gang known as the 'Eastside Crips'.  A group of more than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officials carried out raids and searches across Tucson on Wednesday. 
    Over a dozen people have been arrested in the crackdown of a gang known as the 'Eastside Crips'.  A group of more than 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officials carried out raids and searches across Tucson on Wednesday. 
  • TPD lieutenant's demotion reversed

    TPD lieutenant's demotion reversed

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:02:35 GMT
    Police claimed Lopez violated several regulations but a judge later found TPD didn't have clear regulations that applied in this case.
    Police claimed Lopez violated several regulations but a judge later found TPD didn't have clear regulations that applied in this case.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its seventh drug take-back event at numerous sites across Arizona to help rid of potentially harmful prescription medications.

DEA officials said public participation in these events is at an all-time high after its six prior events in three years.

The public can dispose of old and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Injectables and needles will not be accepted.

"Arizonans responded overwhelmingly to DEA's six previous Take-Back Day events, disposing of over 48,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs in the past three years," DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman said. "We know that young people consider controlled- substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn't be more wrong.  By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death."

The service is free and anonymous.

Nearly 6.8 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, twice the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Officials said most of those drugs are obtained through friends and family, including from medicine cabinets.

The public can find a nearby collection site at www.dea.gov, or call (800) 882-9539.  

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow