Dump The Drugs Day April 28 At Walmart

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Residents can drop off prescription drugs April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot.

The Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Payson Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the event.

Last October, Americans turned in 189 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

In its three previous Take Back events, almost a million pounds of pills have been collected.

Local police say prescription drug abuse is a lingering problem in the Rim Country.

Authorities hope ridding homes of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs will decrease pill abuse and thefts.

Residents can drop off medications for disposal at Walmart, 300 N. Beeline Highway, at the GCSO mobile command trailer on the east side of the parking lot.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Authorities say medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.

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