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Arizona Department of Public Safety Takes Part in the Fifth Prescription Drug Take-Back Day September 29

Public Participation Continues to Rise

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 -

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This Saturday, Sept. 29, is a chance for Arizonans to clean out their medicine cabinets of old, unwanted, potentially harmful drugs. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, Arizonans will be able to drop off their expired, unused or unwanted pills at sites across the state free of charge and no questions asked. These Take-Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high - more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from those home medicine cabinets.

Arizonans responded overwhelmingly to DEAs four previous Take-Back Day events, disposing of close to 27,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs in the past two years. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon and following the links to a database where they can enter the zip code.

DPS is proud to partner once again with DEA in the Take-Back Day by providing drop off locations for unwanted pharmaceutical drugs at our Kingman, Prescott, Youngtown, Phoenix, Casa Grande, Tucson and Sierra Vista substations. The addresses of the DPS drop locations are available on the DEA website.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.