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Shred-a-thon, prescription drug take-back event Saturday in Mesa

Posted 11/19/21

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Mesa Police Department and Desert Ridge High School are hosting a free shred-a-thon and prescription drug take-back event Saturday, Nov. 20, in …

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Shred-a-thon, prescription drug take-back event Saturday in Mesa

A Valley resident pours a bag filled with old prescription medications into an official drug take-back box.
A Valley resident pours a bag filled with old prescription medications into an official drug take-back box.
Arianna Grainey
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The Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Mesa Police Department and Desert Ridge High School are hosting a free shred-a-thon and prescription drug take-back event Saturday, Nov. 20, in Mesa.

This is a no-contact event. Volunteers and participants will follow current CDC social distancing guidelines. The public will be asked to stay in their vehicle and to place documents in the trunk of their car prior to arriving, according to a release.

There is a five-box limit for shredded documents. Examples of items not accepted include binders, binder clips, electronics, inhalers, aerosol cans, lotions or liquids, needles and hydrogen peroxide.

The event is 8 a.m.-noon — or until trucks are full — at Desert Ridge High School, 10045 E. Madero Ave. in Mesa.

“Shredding your personal or sensitive documents is an important step to protecting your identity. Getting rid of old prescription drugs is key in keeping opioids out of the hands of youth and reducing the risks for abuse,” the release states.

If there are any questions regarding this event, call 602-542-2123 or email CommunityOutreach@azag.gov.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office regularly hosts free shred-a-thons throughout the year. Many of the events provide a prescription drug take-back component. Last year, the attorney general’s office assisted in the destruction of 47,250 pounds of sensitive documents. More information on upcoming events can be viewed at azag.gov/outreach/shred-a-thon.

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