D-M Exchange Pharmacy to host drug drop-off

You can visit the pharmacy located in the Base Exchange to safely dispose of your unused prescriptions on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

You can visit the pharmacy located in the Base Exchange to safely dispose of your unused prescriptions on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Davis-Monthan Exchange Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to dispose of its expired and unused prescription drugs at the D-M Exchange Pharmacy Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This will be the DEA's 10th event within the last five years to help reduce undesirable prescription medications that are accumulating in our homes and communities.

Last September, Americans turned in over 600,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners. In total, the DEA's take back events have received more than 4.8 million pounds of medication.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in cabinets at home are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is rising at an alarming rate, especially in Arizona. The excess medication increases the rates of overdoses, even more so in children and teens.

This take back event is a way the D-M Pharmacy is able to help increase awareness of potentially dangerous prescription drugs and offer a safe avenue to dispose of them.

While this particular collection point is available for one day only, Tucson law enforcement offers permanent collection sites. You can find more information on these sites by visiting www.disposeamed.pima.gov.

The base pharmacies also have takeaway envelopes upon request to dispose of small amounts of medication.

This event is free and anonymous with no questions asked. The collection point can accept pills and patches. However, it cannot accept liquids, needles or any other sharp devices.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the upcoming drug take back event, visit the DEA Office of Diversion Control's website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/