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Disposal of expired, unused drugs available at ASU Police Station


September 22, 2010

Take a look inside your medicine cabinet. Chances are there are a few containers of expired or unneeded medications.  

Arizona State University’s Police Department will offer faculty, staff and students as well the general public the opportunity to drop off prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal through the police department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 25.

The university’s Police Department is taking part in the National Take Back initiative, an effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from homes. Abuse of prescription drugs has increased significantly in recent years with 19 percent of teens reporting abusing a prescription medicine at least once in their lives according to a survey by the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Of those teens surveyed, 41 percent reported that they believed prescription drugs to be less harmful than illicit drugs and 61 percent said that prescription drugs are easier to obtain than illicit drugs.

ASU police officers will coordinate the disposal of the drugs. Those who turn in drugs may remain anonymous and no questions will be asked. Glass containers that contain solid substances, intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes cannot be accepted.

ASU’s Police Department is located on the southeast corner of Apache Boulevard and College Avenue at 325 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe. Temporary parking is available in front of the police building along Apache Blvd.