Nearly 90 pounds of dated medications were disposed of at Oro Valley's most recent "Dispose-A-Med" collection in May.

Since the program began in August, the Oro Valley Police Department, the Oro Valley Optimist Club and other partners have gathered 519 pounds of medication, ensuring proper disposal and keeping them out of wastewater and landfills as well as the illegal drug market, a release said.

There are an average of 800 pills per pound; officers estimate a total of 415,200 pills have been collected since the program started.

"We see this as a successful outreach initiative which continues to grow as these programs progress," said Sgt. Amy Sloane, head of the Oro Valley Police Department's Community Resource Unit and coordinator for Dispose-A-Med. "We encourage the public to pass the word, remove unwanted and outdated medications from your homes and we will continue to dispose of them safely and properly."

Collections are being held at the Oro Valley Target store, First Avenue and Oracle Road, from 8 a.m. to noon on three summer Saturdays, June 19, July 24 and Aug. 28.

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