Drug Enforcement Administration

Phoenix

Douglas W. Coleman, Special Agent in Charge

April 18, 2011

Contact: Erica C. Curry

Phone Number: (602) 664-5600

Arizona Hosts Second Statewide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 30th

Take-Back Day to help residents clean out their medicine cabinets of old, unwanted, potentially harmful drugs

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WHAT: “STATEWIDE PRESCRIPTION TAKE-BACK EVENT” -

WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 30th--10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -

WHERE: STATEWIDE-over 90 drop-off locations -

WHO: DEA and over 40 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies -

DETAILS: - The Drug Enforcement (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. On Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, DEA and its partners will hold their second National Prescription Drug Take-Back at sites all across Arizona. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Arizonans turned in more than 6,200 pounds-over 3 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 75 sites operated by more than 33 of DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long term care facilities.

“The Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign will provide a safe way for Arizonans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs,” said Acting 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, where they enter their zip code.

Other participants in this initiative include your state and local police departments, sheriff’s offices, Pima Prevention Partnership, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter.

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