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Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:30 pm


The Tempe Police Department, the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration and other Valley agencies are hosting on a free drug disposal event Saturday for residents who may have leftover drugs sitting in their medicine cabinets.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tempe Police Department’s South Substation, 8201 S. Hardy Drive.

Residents are asked to bring expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers and place them in the boxes provided by Tempe police and the DEA.

The drugs will be disposed of and destroyed to prevent theft, resale and trafficking.

The event is for individuals and families, not for pharmaceutical and business distributors.

For information on disposal sites across the Valley, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s website at


Gilbert residents are being urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and any other places where old or expired prescription drugs may be.

The Gilbert Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration, is hosting a free drug disposal event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Residents can drop off the out-of-date drugs and pills to the on-site officer in the parking lot of the police department at 75 E. Civic Center Drive as part of the “National Take Back Initiative” program.

All prescription drugs should be taken out of their pill containers and placed in clear plastic bags prior to delivery, but liquid medications must be left in the original container.

No syringes or biological waste will be accepted.

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