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Safely discard medications at Saturday's Dispose-A-Med

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Posted: Friday, September 2, 2011 3:51 pm | Updated: 5:00 pm, Fri Sep 2, 2011.

On Saturday, the Pima County Sheriff's Department will host a Dispose-A-Med event. The collection site will be located at the Bashas' store, 15310 N. Oracle Road, from 7 to 11 a.m.

The event offers a safe and secure way to dispose of medications. More than half of all people dispose of unused pharmaceuticals in the trash. Others flush them down the toilet, where they contaminate the waterways.

The bulk of pharmaceuticals found in waterways most likely got there by way of sewage. Aside from any environmental implications, discarded pharmaceuticals pose a real threat of misuse.

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.

For safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned. The PCSD cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information, call the PCSD Community Resources Unit at 351-4615.


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