Event #1 of 2: Tempe PD & Target Shred-It Event: Protection from Identity Theft

What: Shred It Event

When: Saturday October 15, from 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Where:  Tempe Target Store

Address: 1818 E. Baseline (northeast corner of Baseline & McClintock)

How It Works:  Protect your good name from identity theft.  Bring your personal and confidential papers to the Target store at 1818 E. Baseline.  Your documents will be destroyed as you watch.  Donations for the non-profit 100 Club of Arizona will be accepted in any amount you are able to give and a receipt provided.  The 100 Club of Arizona has been supporting fallen police officers and firefighters and their families for more than 40 years.

Event #2 of 2: Tempe PD & DEA Partner w/ Community to Safely Dispose of Expired Drugs

Tempe Police are partnering again with the Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration and over 40 other law enforcement agencies at 70+ sites across the State of Arizona for an upcoming drug “take back” event.

Community members are encouraged to safely dispose of unused, unneeded, and expired prescription and over-the counter medications.

What:  Anonymous Disposal of Community Member Unused and Expired Meds

When:  Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Tempe Police South Substation

Address:  8201 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe AZ  85284

Directions: S/E Corner of Hardy and Carver, between Elliot and Warner

How It Works:  Bring your unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers.  Disposal is ANONYMOUS.  Medications will be placed by you into boxes provided by the DEA and Tempe Police.  Law Enforcement personnel will seal and deliver the disposed medications for proper destruction.

  • We are set up to safely receive prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • We are unable to safely accept syringes, injectables, or sharps of any kind
  • No need to remove labels w/ personal info – all disposables will be incinerated

Tempe partnered with the DEA last spring, when Arizonans turned in more than 6,000 pounds of prescription drugs at sites across the state, operated by dozens of state and local law enforcement partners.

Tempe Police and the DEA continue to take action on many fronts to stop prescription drug abuse, addiction, theft and re-sale trafficking.  Our goal is to impact accidental poisonings and overdoses due to the inappropriate use of prescription drugs.  Many abused prescription drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, flushing medications is a health hazard that adversely impacts our water supply and the environment.

Please note that this event is designed for individuals and families in the community.  We are not set up to safely handle reverse shipments from pharmaceutical and business distributors.

For more information and other local disposal sites across the valley, go to the DEA website at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

For additional information: Molly Enright; Community Affairs/PIO; Tempe Police Dept; 480-858-6148 molly_enright@tempe.gov