PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – On Mar. 12, 2013, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was joined by Rural Metro Chief Deputy Bill Grubb and Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles in unveiling the first prescription drug drop-off box for residents in the Cooper Basin area.
The newest prescription drug drop-off box was unveiled inside the lobby or Rural Metro Fire Station 843 in the Cooper Basin community.
With the increase in prescription drug abuse and the fatal consequences of youths experimenting with leftover medications, there has been a growing demand to safely dispose of prescription medications. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office have joined efforts to install prescription drug drop-off boxes across the county, with this being the ninth drug drop-off box opened in Pinal.
According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from drug overdose and abuse now exceed deaths from motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
“Elected officials and community leaders should be doing all we can to help address this national problem,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “Unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs need to be kept out of the hands of our children, and having prescription drug drop-off boxes conveniently available to citizens throughout the year will have a tremendous impact on this problem.”
Community leaders are asking parents, grandparents, and guardians to discard of unneeded medications properly at one of the new drug drop-off boxes, said County Attorney Lando Voyles. “The most common method of getting prescription drugs is from cabinets of friends and relatives.”
The box is checked and empty daily and can be used by residences to dispose of prescription medications, thermometers, aerosol cans, needles and other medical-type waste that can pollute ground water if unsafely disposed of through toilets, drains and in landfills.