Tri-City Drug Take-Back Day

Published by The Bee News

March 24, 2021

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Tri-City Drug Take-Back Day

Mohave County, AZ: Sharing isn’t caring when it comes to prescription drugs. The illusion that they are safer because it’s prescribed has fooled many as these drugs become far too easily accessible to our youth.

YADAH, MAPPED and MSTEPP have partnered with the Havasu, Bullhead and Kingman Police Departments, along with the AZ Counter Drug Task Force (National Guard Civil Operations) and Mohave Community College to bring a safe, confidential option of disposing prescription drugs. This drive-thru-drop-off is easy and convenient!

“Properly disposing of old, unused, or expired medication is extremely important because it saves lives and protects the environment,” says Ricarda DeAnda, Arizona Youth Partnership Prevention Coordinator. Often pills end up in landfills, the water supply or in the hands of a child or potential abuser.
Each month the Mohave County Police Departments receive an average of 80-100 pounds of medications per site in their local dropboxes.

“Holding events like this provide the opportunity for community awareness about the potential risks. When we choose to participate as a community, we are working together to create environmentally-friendly waste reduction that can also save lives. Most of the youth that abuse prescription medications are obtaining them from friends and family, often from a home medicine cabinet.  “We encourage our community to join us in the prevention of drug addiction and overdose deaths,” says DeAnda.

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