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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The public can dispose of old or unwanted prescription drugs at a Dispose-a-Med event this weekend.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will host the free and anonymous event on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will accept prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids and creams.

It will not accept metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles, syringes or epipens at the location at 6900 E. Sunrise Drive.

Officials said the rate of prescription drug abuse by teenagers is higher than abuse of any other illegal drug, except marijuana.

They said most of these drugs are obtained for free from friends, relatives or parents' medicine cabinets.

One in five teenagers reported intentionally abusing someone else's prescription drugs to get high.

Sheriff's departments host these events to properly dispose of drugs that could cause harm to the environment if they were flushed or poured down a sink.

Questions may be directed to the Community Resources Unit at (520) 351-4615.

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