Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to host Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6 – Queen Creek will join the Drug Enforcement Administration for a National Prescription Drug Take-Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. The local take-back effort will be held in the parking lot north of the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. Residents are encouraged to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired prescriptions and over the counter medication at the take-back event.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious issue that continues to increase,” MCSO District 6 Capt. Randy Brice said in a press release. “We are fortunate to partner with the DEA to offer this event; not only does it decrease the amount of prescription drugs in our community, their partnership reduces the cost of disposal.”

Just over 100 pounds of medication were collected at the last local event, contributing to over 5.5 million pounds collected at the 10 take-back events held nationally, according to the release.

The take-back initiative addresses important issues related to public safety and public health. Medication that is left in home cabinets is highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

According to the DEA, studies indicate that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, flushing medicine down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the initiative, visit the DEA’s website. To reach MCSO’s non-emergency number, call 602-876-1011.

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