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Tempe high schools helping families discard unused prescription drugs

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PHOENIX — The Tempe Union High School District is helping families get rid of prescription drugs they’re no longer using.

It’s handing out a product called DisposeRX.

“What it allows families to do is to pour a material into unused medication bottles,” said Jennifer Liewer, a district spokesperson. “This dissolves the medication that is inside the bottle, and then they can safely dispose of it in the trash can.”

Liewer said this allows parents to create a safe environment at home by getting rid of unused prescription drugs.

“It also allows parents to have a conversation with their children about appropriate prescription medication use and talking about the importance of only taking medication that is prescribed for you,” she added.

The makers of DisposeRX donated 2,700 of these packets to the district. They’ll be handed out at parent workshops and other community events.

Liewer said this is part of the district’s High School Health and Wellness Program, which is meant to prevent students from drug and alcohol abuse.

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