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Arizona Department Of Public Safety (DPS) To Host DEA’s “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day”

Event aims to provide safe and convenient means for disposing expired or unwanted prescription drugs

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 -

Arizona residents are encouraged to drop off their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at sites across the state free of charge, and with no questions asked. DPS will host a number of collection sites around the state for these medications on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The DPS collection sites will be at 2102 West Encanto Blvd. in Phoenix (DPS Headquarters), at 3756 East Fry Blvd. in Sierra Vista (Ace Hardware), at 2319 East Andy Devine in Kingman (a DPS Office), at 6401 South Tucson Blvd. in Tucson (a DPS Office), and at 11101 West Peoria Ave. in Youngtown (a DPS Office).

Take-Back Days give the public an opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired or unwanted prescription drugs.

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 (NSDUH). Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Arizona residents responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s six previous Take-Back Day events, disposing of over 35,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs in the past three years. To date, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation during Take-Back Days.

To find a collection site near you visit www.dea.gov and then click on the "Got Drugs?" icon.
Inquiries can also be made at 1-800-882-9539.