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Pima Co., Oro Valley to collect old medications

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Pima Co., Oro Valley to collect old medications

If it is time to get rid of old, unused medications, don't throw them in the trash or flush them. The Pima County Sheriff's Department and the Town of Oro Valley will be collecting old prescriptions and over-the-counter medications on Saturday.

Old medications can be harmful if misused and can pollute waterways by flushing pills down the toilet, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Prescriptions and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids and creams will be accepted, however, glass aerosol bottles, syringes and epi-pens will not. Prescription pill bottles will be donated to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Pima County Animal Care Center, the Town of Oro Valley said.

The medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Safeway, 9050 E. Valencia Rd., and in Oro Valley at Target, 10555 N. Oracle Rd.

The events coincide with the Drug Enforcement Adminstration's fourth statewide prescription drug take-back day on Saturday.

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