SVPD sees success in medicine disposal program - Tucson News Now

SVPD sees success in medicine disposal program

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SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Sierra Vista residents are taking advantage of an eco-friendly medication disposal program that transports the drugs to be destroyed by the DEA in Tucson.

Police and fire stations place boxes in their lobbies and front entrances for the public to safely drop-off their unwanted medications at any time.

The Sierra Vista Police Department started the free MedReturn boxes in January 2013 after residents asked for a program similar to the bi-annual Drug Take Back Days.

"The great thing about this program is that it is convenient for residents" said Cpl. Scott Borgstadt, Sierra Vista community resource and public information officer. "If they miss one of the two DEA events, there's no need to wait six months for another one."

The program accepts pills, capsules, ointment, patches and pads, lotions, vitamins, medication samples and medications for pets. It will not take hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, liquids, medications from doctors' offices or clinics, needles or thermometers.

Officials said the program received more than 1,900 pounds of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications in the past year.

MedReturn Box Locations:

Sierra Vista Police Department:                            

911 North Coronado Drive                                    

Sierra Vista Fire Stations:

1295 East Fry Boulevard

4127 Avenida Cochise

675 Giulio Cesare Avenue

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