Summit Healthcare drug take-back event (image)

Local Drug Take-back Added to National Success

Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low community member cleared out and disposed of more than 100 pounds of medication during Oct. 22, nationwide US Drug Enforcement Agency public take back events at Summit Healthcare. Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside police stations.

Local NCDP Drug Free Community Coalition take backs are in collaboration with local public service facilities. Such national take-back events provide easy and effective ways to dispose of unwanted and unneeded medications and, as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) affirms, “medication is being removed from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and nightstands by citizens around the country.”

From the east coast to the west, states and communities announced outstanding participation. Jurisdictions of all shapes and sizes affirmed their commitment to drug abuse prevention. “Take back programs offer a safe, simple, and anonymous way to keep dangerous prescription drugs out of the wrong hands and prevent substance abuse,” says Chuck Rosenberg, Acting DEA Administrator.

Overall, DEA reports the public turned in almost 366 tons or 731,269 pounds of medication on Oct. 22. Over 4,000 community partners at approximately 5,200 collection sites nationwide participated in this effort. Since its inception six years ago, the National Take-back Initiative has collected than 3,500 tons or 7.1 million pounds of medication.

If you were unable to drop your medications during the event, you may do so 24/7/365 at the Show Low Police Department. If you wish to dispose of them at home, do not flush them down the toilet. Crush or pour them into used coffee grounds, used kitty litter or other unpleasant rubbish, bag and toss them into the trash. For additional information, go to