Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD), in conjunction with National Dispose-A-Med Day, will hold a Dispose-A-Med event this Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Oro Valley Target Store, 10555 N. Oracle Road.

In 2013, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) collected a total of 2, 249 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs. Proper disposal of these substances is critical for many reasons. Prescription drugs are abused by youth more than any other illegal drugs, except marijuana. The main source where teens obtain prescription drugs is from the medicine cabinets of friends and family. One in five teens report intentionally misusing someone else’s prescription drugs to get high.

As a reminder, OVPD no longer accepts metal or glass inhalation aerosol containers, syringes or epi-pens.

GOT PAPER?

Also at the Oro Valley Target Store on Saturday, April 26, OVPD is hosting a Shred-A-Thon event, in partnership with Hallmark Financial, from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the truck fills). Help prevent identity theft by shredding your unwanted paper materials such as billing statements and receipts. There is no charge for this service; however, donations of $5 or three cans of food per box of paper will gladly be accepted, benefitting IMPACT of Southern Arizona.

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