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Tempe Police / DEA Partner for “Drug Take Back” Event

Oct 26 from 10-2 at Hardy Police Substation 8201 S. Hardy Dr

Post Date:10/04/2013
Tempe Police are partnering again with the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration 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, October 26, 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 can 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 unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers. Disposal is anonymous. Medications will be placed by you into specially provided boxes. Tempe police will seal and deliver the disposed medications for destruction by the DEA.

Each year, Tempe partners with the DEA and our community 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 local law enforcement partners.

Chief of Police Tom Ryff: “Thanks to the efforts of the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration, law enforcement across the state and our community, each year thousands of pounds of unused prescription drugs don’t end up on the streets. The drug take back event supports our efforts on many fronts to fight crime and curtail drug addiction in the City of Tempe and throughout the valley.”

Many abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet. One of the goals is to impact accidental poisonings and overdoses due to the inappropriate use of prescription drugs. Additionally, disposing medications down the drain 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 and state, please see the DEA website at:

For additional information about Drug Take Back contact: Tempe Police Department PIO Office, 480-858-6148, molly_enright@tempe.gov.  Thank you!
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