News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 24, 2012
Contact: Special Agent Ramona Sanchez
Number: 602 664-5725

Arizona Hosts Fourth Statewide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 28
--Will help residents clean out their medicine cabinets of old, unwanted, potentially harmful drugs--

WHAT: “STATEWIDE PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENT”

WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 28 th--10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: STATEWIDE—over 90 drop-off locations

WHO: DEA and over 55 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies

DETAILS: On Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at Take Back sites all across Arizona. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Arizonans who participated in DEA’s three previous Take-Back Days turned in more than 18,300 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 95 sites manned by over 40 state, local, and tribal law enforcement departments. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to Indian Nations and rural communities.

“Arizona residents responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s first three Take-Back events, disposing of over 18,300 pharmaceutical drugs in the past two years, said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse.  Working together with our state and local partners and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way.”

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and following the links to a database marked, “Collection site locator” where they can enter their zip code or city; or by calling 1-800-882-9539.

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