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

DEA to host upcoming drug take-back event

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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, or call (800) 882-9539.  

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