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Toss old medicines, chemicals at Saturday's Dispose-a-Med

Don't flush those old pills or dump your old paint down the drain. Save Southern Arizona waterways from contamination by bringing your old medicines and household chemicals to a Dispose-a-Med event on Saturday.

Medications that will be accepted include prescription and over-the-counter tablets, creams, liquids and capsules, the Pima County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.

Syringes, epi-pens and metal or glass inhalation aerosol bottles won't be accepted, said the department.

Also accepted will be paint or other household chemicals, including automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment, said the Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program.

PCSD and HHW will hold the event at Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

The program only take medicine and materials from homes—no commercially generated materials are accepted.

This is a free event with anonymity and no questions asked. Anything given cannot be returned due to safety and confidentiality reasons.

Waterway contamination occurs when old or unused medications are flushed down the toilet, PCSD said. The majority of pharmaceuticals found in waterways are due to the result of them making their way through sewage.

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Call HHW for more info: 791-3171.

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