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Dispose-A-Med event to be held in Ajo

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will be holding a Dispose-A-Med event Saturday in Ajo to help safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

Last year, the Sheriff's Department collected 2,550 pounds of medications. Proper disposal helps prevent abuse of prescription medication and prevents problems for wastewater treatment facilities, according a press release from the Sheriff's Department.

These Dispose-A-Med events are free and anonymous. They have been created to provide access to proper disposal of prescription medications.

The Sheriff's Department says that one in five teens admit tousing prescription medication to get high and the events have been created to help combat abuse.

The event will be at Olsen's IGA, which is located at 1961 NAjo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Acceptable medications are prescription and over-the-counter pills. Anyone interested should place their medications in plastic bags before bringing them to the event. No personal information disallowed on the containers.

Items that will not be accepted are metal or glass inhalers,syringes, epi-pens, patches, creams, liquids and diabetic text strips.

Any medications dropped off may not be reclaimed.

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