A record 473 pounds of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication was collected at the countywide “Dump the Drugs” event held on September 25 at seven locations. The success was due to the combined efforts of thirty MATForce volunteers, along with Police Departments from Sedona, Cottonwood, Prescott, Chino Valley, PrescottValley and Sheriff’s Department Substations in Mayer and Bagdad.
MATForce, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, sponsored the event to help raise awareness about safely disposing of medication. Too often prescription and over-the-counter medication fall into the hands of teens, who abuse the substances to get high. This includes cough medicine as well as pain medication. Proper disposal also keeps these drugs out of our groundwater.
“The response by the public to the Dump the Drugs event was outstanding,” said Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and MATForce Chair. “Citizens from throughout the county are showing their concern about medication abuse and proper disposal. Since MATForce’s Dump the Drugs campaign began in 2008, over 4,000 pounds has been collected.”
If you missed the Dump the Drugs event, prescription drugs may be brought to the following police departments for proper disposal on weekdays: Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department, Cottonwood Police Department, Sedona Police Department and Chino Valley Police Department.