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5/4/2013 11:48:00 AM
MATFORCE Dump the Drugs achieves new record
A record 587.4 pounds of medication was collected at the April 27th Dump the Drugs. Assisting with the event were (from left) MATFORCE volunteers Krista Witherow, Laurie Silvers, Prescott Police Department Officer Smith and Sgt. Hemphill.
A record 587.4 pounds of medication was collected at the April 27th Dump the Drugs. Assisting with the event were (from left) MATFORCE volunteers Krista Witherow, Laurie Silvers, Prescott Police Department Officer Smith and Sgt. Hemphill.
MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler and Prescott Valley Interim Chief of Police James Edelstein display prescription drug drop boxes that are now available at ten locations throughout the county.
MATFORCE Executive Director Merilee Fowler and Prescott Valley Interim Chief of Police James Edelstein display prescription drug drop boxes that are now available at ten locations throughout the county.

The April 27 Dump the Drugs event collected a record 587.4 pounds of medication. The event was sponsored by MATFORCE and seven police departments, including Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde and Clarkdale.

It was held in conjunction with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, which encourages safe disposal of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication.

Yavapai County, local law enforcement and MATFORCE, along with its hundreds of volunteers and supporters, including the medical community, have been working to reduce the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our community.

According to Merilee Fowler, MATFORCE Executive Director, "Dump the Drugs is an important way to keep medications out of unwanted hands and out of our waters. Since we first began Dump the Drugs events, 8,602 pounds of medications have been properly disposed. Our community is to be commended."

Those who might have missed the Dump the Drugs event can take unwanted medications to drop boxes, which are now located at ten law enforcement offices throughout the county.

In the Verde Valley area, medications can be dropped off at the following locations: Sedona Police Department, 100 Roadrunner Drive; Cottonwood Police Department, 199 S. 6th Street; Camp Verde Marshal's Office at 646 S. First Street; Clarkdale Police Department, 49 N. Ninth Street; Jerome Police Department, 305 Main Street; and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, 2830 N Commonwealth Drive, Ste. 104, Camp Verde.

For more information on prescription drug abuse solutions visit matforce.org.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

A complete dog and pony show. Every Arizonan is responsible for their own medicine disposal and which proper place they choose is irrelevant. I sincerely hope that MATFORCE is not implying that any Arizonan would not dispose of their medication properly for that would be slander.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

I'm very glad MATFORCE has managed to keep 8,602 pounds of medications out of unwanted hands and out of our waters.

However, I wonder how many of those pounds were paid for by the Prescription Drug Benefit.




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