Locations across the East Valley will accept old prescription drugs this Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s seventh-annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Oct. 26, multiple locations in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and the rest of Arizona will collect prescription drugs that have lingered in the medicine cabinet and are no longer needed for free and anonymously. No needles or injectable drugs will be accepted.
“Arizonans responded overwhelmingly to DEA’s six previous Take-Back Day events, disposing of over 48,000 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs in the past three years, “said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman in a press release. “We know that young people consider controlled- substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn’t be more wrong. By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death.”
A full list of locations is available by visiting dea.gov and clicking the “Got Drugs?” icon and entering in an area code. Information is available by calling (800) 882-9539 as well.