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Tempe Police Partner w/ DEA for Community “Drug Take Back” Event
Posted Date: 4/9/2013
MEDIA RELEASE
Tempe Police Department
molly_enright@tempe.gov
480-858-6148

Tempe Police are partnering again with the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other valley law enforcement agencies for an upcoming drug “take back” event. Community members are encouraged to safely dispose of unused, unneeded, and expired prescription and over-the counter medications.

What: Anonymous Disposal of Community Member Unused and Expired Medications
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Tempe Police South Substation
Address: 8201 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe AZ 85284
Directions: S/E Corner of Hardy and Carver, approximately halfway between Elliot and Warner

Please Note:
*We are set up to safely receive prescription and over-the-counter medications
*We are unable to safely accept glass, syringes, injectables, needles or sharps
*No need to remove labels w/ personal info – items will be incinerated by law enforcement

How It Works: Bring your unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers. Disposal is ANONYMOUS. Medications will be placed by you into boxes provided by the DEA and Tempe Police. Law Enforcement personnel will seal and deliver the disposed medications for proper destruction.

Each spring and fall, Tempe has partnered with the DEA to dispose of unused prescription and over the counter drugs. During the event, thousands of Arizonans turn in more than 6,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites across the state, operated by dozens of state and local law enforcement partners. Tempe Police and the DEA continue to take action on many fronts to stop prescription drug abuse, addiction, theft and re-sale trafficking.

Our goal is to impact accidental poisonings and overdoses due to the inappropriate use of prescription drugs. Many abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing medications is a health hazard that adversely impacts our water supply and the environment.

Please note that this event is designed for individuals and families in the community. We are not set up to safely handle reverse shipments from pharmaceutical and business distributors.

For more information and other local disposal sites across the valley, please see the DEA website at:
http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

For additional information about Drug Take Back contact: molly_enright@tempe.gov or 480-858-6148.