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Public can drop off unused prescriptions at ASU Police Department

August 01, 2014

The Arizona State University Police Department will join police agencies across the Phoenix area in a new program that provides collection containers for people to drop off unused prescription medicines.

The partnership between the Arizona Crime Prevention Association, Inc., the Arizona Attorney General’s office, and in cooperation with the Arizona Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse Initiative, has enabled 10 new drug collection containers to be placed in police department lobbies in an effort to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.

“ASU’s Police Department is committed to the safety of the university community, and this service is available for any citizen to use. Dropping off unused prescription drugs for safe disposal by police ensures that dangerous substances won’t be used for illicit purposes,” said Michael Thompson, ASU Police Department interim chief.

ASU’s container will be installed soon. In the meantime, people may still drop off unused drugs at the department, located on the Tempe campus at 325 E. Apache Blvd. Additional departments participating in the initiative include Apache Junction, Avondale, Benson, Cave Creek/Carefree Marshall’s Office, Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Gilbert, Glendale and two Phoenix precincts.

An interactive map at lists permanent collection sites where residents can search for the nearest collection site by entering their address or reviewing the map. The site also provides hours of operation, as well as guidance on what can and cannot be dropped off.