AZ police agencies hold drug disposal events Saturday

AZ police agencies hold drug disposal events Saturday


A “Drug Take-Back” event on Saturday involves more than 60 local, state, and tribal police departments in Arizona.

The event is designed to combat drug abuse. It addresses a vital public safety and public health issue – medicines kept in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. 

Officers said many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, which raises potential safety and health hazards.

The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, authorities said.

In Scottsdale, people can return unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs at the Scottsdale Stadium at 7408 E. Osborn Rd., or CVS at 6035 N. Scottsdale Rd. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can also safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medication year-round at three Scottsdale Police district locations through the department’s Safe Drug Disposal Program.
In Tempe, police are also partnering with the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration and state-wide law enforcement agencies.

The event will be held at the Tempe Police South Substation at 8201 S. Hardy Drive.

Two secure prescription/over the counter medication disposal kiosks are available for community members year-round.  The kiosks are sponsored by the Tempe Police in partnership with the Tempe Coalition and Attorney General’s Office. 

They operate Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays. The locations are Tempe Police Headquarters lobby at 120 E. 5th St and Tempe Police Apache Substation lobby at 1855 E. Apache Blvd.

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