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Prescription Drug Take-Back Program

 

YCSO Main Office

YCSO Main Office
141 S. 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tel: (928) 783-4427

Lobby Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)

Non-Emergency 24/7: (928) 783-4427

YCSO Foothills Substation
Directions to Foothills Substation

YCSO Foothills Substation
13190 E. South Frontage Road
Yuma, AZ 85367
Tel: (928) 342-1477

Lobby Hours: Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)

Non-Emergency 24/7: (928) 783-4427

 

The YCSO Main Office and the Foothills Substation serve as full-time drop-off locations for the YCSO’s prescription drug take-back program. The YCSO’s prescription drug take-back program offers the public a means to dispose of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. This program helps get outdated or unused medications off household shelves and out of the reach of children and teenagers. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The misuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationally. Teenagers often use prescription drugs from family medicine cabinets to get high for the first time - 2,500 teenagers a day, according to a survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. In addition, many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.

Medications Acceptable for Disposal

Medications may be dropped off in their original container or in a sealable bag. All of the medications collected from this program are turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal.

Acceptable items include:

  • All expired, unused or unwanted controlled and non-controlled medications
  • Vitamins
  • veterinary medication
  • Over-the counter medications
  • Liquid products(liquids such as cough syrup should remain sealed in their original container)
The following items are not acceptable:
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Lancets
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Chemotherapy drugs or liquids of any type
  • Intra-venous solutions
  • Illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines

For more information regarding prescription drug disposal, click link: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines (PDF)

Additional Resources

For more information...

Please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Main Office at (928) 783-4427 or the Foothills Substation at (928) 342-1477.

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