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9/26/2012 9:18:00 AM
Safely dispose of unwanted medication at MATFORCE Dump the Drugs

Citizens can safely dispose of unwanted medications at locations throughout Yavapai County on Sept. 29, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescription drug abuse is a nationwide epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 40 deaths per day are due to prescription drug overdoses. For the first time in history, the CDC reports that drug poisoning deaths are the number one cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. with prescription drug overdoses leading in that death rate. Since 2009, emergency room visits for prescription painkillers have nearly doubled.

Safely disposing of unwanted medication keeps these potentially dangerous drugs out of unwanted hands and out of our waters.

Drop prescription and over-the-counter medications off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina; Prescott Valley Police Department, 7601 E. Civic Circle; and Chino Valley Police Dept, 1020 W. Palomino Road.

MATFORCE encourages everyone to look through your medicine cabinet for expired or unwanted medication and bring it to one of the drop-off locations.

For more information call 708-0100 or visit the MATFORCE website at matforce.org.

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