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.:
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 Police Department – 6433 E Lincoln Drive
Fashion Square Mall, northeast mall entrance – 7014 E Camelback Road
Walgreens – 8309 W Glendale Ave
Westbrook Community Center – 18827 N Country Club
Target (parking lot) - 13731 W. Bell Road
Sun City Grand Palm Center - 19726 N. Remington Drive
Target - 3425 W. Frye Road
MCSO Substation - 22626 S. Ellsworth Road