Agencies to take back unwanted medication

2013-04-27T00:00:00Z Agencies to take back unwanted medicationArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Three local law-enforcement agencies will collect unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications today at locations in the Tucson area.

The Marana and Tucson police departments and the Pima County Sheriff's Department all are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Representatives will be collecting medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• Target, 3901 W. Ina Road at North Thornydale Road.

• Eastside Tucson Police Service Center, 9670 E. Golf Links Road at South Harrison Road.

• Westside Tucson Police Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile at North Flowing Wells Road.

• Target, 4040 N. Oracle Road at West Roger Road.

Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids and creams will be collected. Metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles, syringes and epi-pens will not be accepted, Deputy Tom Peine, a sheriff's spokesman said.

The nationwide program - an initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration - is confidential and no identification is required to drop off medications, Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for Tucson police, said.

In five previous take-back events, state, local and tribal law-enforcement agencies, in conjunction with DEA, have collected more than 2 million pounds of prescription medications, Sgt. Jose Alvarez, spokesman for Marana police, said.

"This is a great opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unused prescription drugs in a safe and environmentally friendly way," he said.

Kimberly Matas

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