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Countywide Dump the Drugs Oct. 26

A Dump the Drugs event will be held Oct. 26 at seven locations county wide, including Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde and Clarkdale.

MATFORCE and area law enforcement are joining with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Campaign to gather and safely dispose of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication.

Over 30 percent of youth who abused prescription pills to get high report that they took the pills right out of their own homes (AZ Youth Survey 2012).

Properly disposing of unwanted medication keeps potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands. Safe disposal also keeps drugs from being improperly disposed of and getting into our water systems.

Over recent years, MATFORCE Dump the Drugs events collected many thousands of pounds of unwanted medication. The results are promising. Prescription drug abuse among our youth fell from 24 percent in 2010 to 18 percent in 2012.

In the greater Prescott area, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations: Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina; Prescott Valley Police Department, 7601 E. Civic Circle; and the Chino Valley Police Department, 1020 W. Palomino Raod.

In the Verde Valley, prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the following locations: Sedona Police Department, 100 Roadrunner Drive; Cottonwood Police Department, 199 S. 6th Street; Camp Verde Marshal's Office at 646 S. First Street; and the Clarkdale Police Department, 49 N. Ninth Street.

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 928-708-0100 or visit the MATFORCE website at matforce.org.

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