On September 29th, 2012, local and federal agencies will once again partner together to sponsor the Prescription Drug Round Up event for Washoe County. Local law enforcement agencies – Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Office – collaborate with the DEA as well as Join Together Northern Nevada and many other community partners to offer this event to our citizens. At the Round Up, citizens can drop off expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as sharps, for safe disposal. This keeps the medications from being diverted, abused, or disposed of improperly.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in our nation today, and has been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control. Approximately 1 in 5 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs to get high, and the majority of those (about 70%) report that they got the drugs for free from friends and relatives, often by stealing them from medicine cabinets. The Prescription Drug Round Up is one way that we can raise awareness of this problem, provide information and resources, and reduce the availability of prescription drugs for abuse.
Our area has held semi-annual Prescription Drug Round Ups since October of 2009. To date, the Round Ups in our area have collected a total of over 750,000 prescription pills.
Medications can be dropped off confidentially, with no questions asked. Please bring medications in their original containers if possible, and feel free to mark out the patient's name. In addition, volunteers will be collecting sharps for proper disposal. Those dropping off medications will also receive educational materials as well as a free MedSafe locking medicine cabinet (limited supply available) to safely store their medications in the future.
Round Up Locations, September 29th 10:00am – 2:00pm:
Raley's - 18144 Wedge Pkwy
Smith's – 750 South Meadows Pkwy
Scolari's - 8165 S. Virginia St.
Walmart - 4855 Kietzke Lane
Walgreens - 10370 N. McCarran Blvd.
Save Mart - 565 East Prater Way
Save Mart - 9750 Pyramid Lakes Hwy
For those not able to make it to the Round-Up event, permanent prescription drug drop boxes are now in operation at local police departments. The drop boxes are available during regular business hours at the following locations:
Reno Police Department – 455 E. 2nd Street, Reno
Sparks Police Department – 1701 East Prater Way, Sparks
Washoe County Sheriff's Office – 911 Parr Blvd., Reno
You can also take your medications for disposal to the Lyon County Sheriff's Office Substation at 555 East Main Street in Fernley or Smith's Food and Drugs at 2200 US Highway 50 East in Dayton.
Additional information on the proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs can be located at www.jtnn.org.
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