Medication Safety

Improper disposal of medications that are no longer indicated or prescribed may lead to accidental ingestion causing drug interactions or adverse drug events. Accidental ingestion by children, the elderly, or pets can also occur. Find a disposal event near you.

Environmental Impact

Studies have demonstrated that pharmaceuticals are present in our nation's waterways, and further research suggests that certain drugs may cause ecological harm.

Community Partners

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Getting Involved

Whether you're a parent or not, please learn more about how you can do your part to curb teen drug abuse and making your home safer while protecting our environment. Contact us and find out how you can get involved.

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Impact on Our Communities

Improper storage and disposal of unused medications is increasingly becoming a problem in communities throughout the country. While improper disposal of unused medication poses an unknown threat to the environment and our water supplies, the health effects from substance abuse are extremely alarming. The non-medical use of prescription pain relievers is now the second-most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the Nation with a 400% increase in emergency room admissions and substance abuse treatment centers.

A Drug Abuse Problem

Our national prescription drug abuse problem cannot be ignored. Every day, 2,500 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high, many for the first time. Each year more than 71,000 children ages 18 and younger are seen in emergency rooms for unintentional overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. While a large percentage of kids obtain them within their own home resulting from improper storage and ease of access from their parent's medicine cabinet, most teenagers report obtain prescription drugs from friends.

Unintended Consequences

Even if you no longer have kids in your home and think this really doesn't apply to you, think again. Do your children or grandchildren visit your home? Each year there are thousands of calls to poison control and emergency rooms resulting from the unintended consequences associated with accidental poisonings of children, the elderly and also pets. In fact, prescription drugs are quickly becoming a primary target of home burglaries putting the elderly at an even greater risk.

Find A Disposal Location

MapHave unused medication you would like to properly dispose? Visit our calendar for DisposeAMed events coming up.


Get Involved

Whether you're a parent or not, please learn more about how you can do your part to curb teen drug abuse and making your home safer while protecting our environment.

Contact us and find out how you can get involved.

Featured Community Partners

  • Household Hazardous Waste Program
  • Tucson Water
  • The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
  • City of Tucson
  • Pima County Sheriff's Office
  • Oro Valley Police Department