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Safely dispose of unused prescription medications

April 17, 2013

The ASU Police Department and ASU Wellness will participate in the National Drug Take Back program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration on April 23 at the Tempe campus. This program allows individuals to turn in unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the public may drop off prescription medication at the ASU Tempe campus Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, on Orange Mall west of the Memorial Union. ASU Police Department personnel will be running the drug take back program.

Participants may dispose of prescription medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and placing it into a disposal box. If an original container is submitted, remove any identifying information from the prescription label. 

Solid and liquid medications are accepted, but liquids such as cough syrup should remain sealed in original containers. Please seal the cap tightly to prevent leakage. 

Intra-venous solutions, injectable drugs and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards from blood-borne pathogens.

For more information, contact ASU Police Department Officer Brian Kiefling at (480) 965-5774 or For more information about the National Drug Take Back program, visit