SATURDAY: Drop off your unused or expired prescription drugs at Valley sites

Organizations across the Valley are asking people to get rid of their unused, unneeded or expired medicines properly by dropping them off at collection sites Saturday.

The collection sites will be open as part of national “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” a movement hosted by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration to address a growing problem. People often leave medicines in their cupboards at home – but those drugs are susceptible to theft, misuse and abuse, the DEA says.

The last take-back day in October 2013 turned up 647,211 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs, taken from drop-off sites in all 50 states, according to the DEA.

The DEA says studies show most abused prescriptions are taken from friends and family members, but getting rid of these drugs by flushing them or throwing them away isn’t exactly safe or healthy.

The agency doesn’t accept glass containers, inhalers, intravenous solutions, injections or syringes, they say.

Some Valley sites are listed below, but you can also find your local drop-off spot online at http://www.dea.gov by clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon.

Drop off your prescription drugs at these Valley sites on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Phoenix

Arizona Department of Public Safety – 2102 W Encanto Blvd

Phoenix Police Department – Cactus Park Precincy – 12220 N 39th Avenue

Desert West Community Center – 6501 W Virginia Ave

Target – 2140 E Baseline Road

Desert Horizon Precinct Police Station – 16030 N 56th Street

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley Police Department – 6433 E Lincoln Drive

Scottsdale

Fashion Square Mall, northeast mall entrance – 7014 E Camelback Road

Glendale

Walgreens – 8309 W Glendale Ave

Peoria

Westbrook Community Center – 18827 N Country Club

Surprise

Target (parking lot) - 13731 W. Bell Road

Sun City Grand Palm Center - 19726 N. Remington Drive

Chandler

Target - 3425 W. Frye Road

Queen Creek

MCSO Substation - 22626 S. Ellsworth Road

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