Agencies partner for weekend drug take-back - Tucson News Now

Agencies partner for weekend drug take-back

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are partnering to bring the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative to Tucson on Saturday, Oct. 26.

During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the TPD for disposal. This service is being provided for free and is anonymous. No personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The two drop-off locations for this event will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and can be found at:

TPD Hardesty Service Center – 1100 S. Alvernon (NW corner of Alvernon and 22nd)

TPD Santa Cruz Substation – 4410 S. Park (NW corner of Park and Fair)

Please do not bring sharps/needles, I.V. medications, glass containers or inhalers.

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