Contact: Officer Eric Bolles, 480-312-2594, ebolles@ScottsdaleAZ.gov
Description: According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
On Saturday, April 27, residents can stop by two Scottsdale locations to dispose of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs – no questions asked.
The collections – which take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- are part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 17th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back. Bring your pills for disposal to the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, or Foothills District Police Station in the Market Street Plaza at DC Ranch, 20363 N. Pima Road.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the alarmingly high rates of abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses in the U.S. due to prescription drugs, the usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Scottsdale is one of more than 40 state, local and tribal police departments participating in this national effort. In Arizona alone, more than 90,400 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected from prior Take-Back events. For more information and a list of Arizona collection sites, visit www.dea.gov.
Residents can also safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medication year-round at three Scottsdale Police district locations through the department’s Safe Drug Disposal Program.