Northern Gila County residents cleaned out their medicine cabinets of unused and unwanted medication Saturday at the second annual dump the drugs program held in front of Walmart.
Some 62 pounds of prescription drugs were disposed of at the drop, a little more than two pounds more than what officers collected last year.
“Most all of the people who had medication said this was a great thing, as they did not know how to properly get rid of the extra medication,” said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spearheaded the National Take Back initiative with the GCSO using their Mobile Command Center as a drop-off point for the drugs. Officers will turn the medicine over to the DEA for destruction.
“The GCSO, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Payson Police Department would like to thank Walmart for the use of their parking lot for this event and the local news media and radio stations for getting the information out to the community,” Scott said. “It was a great success and we would like to thank all those individuals who turned in their old medication and helped to keep them out of the wrong hands.”