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Area Prescription Drug Round Up Saturday

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From the Washoe County Sheriff's Office:

The public will have an opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during a Prescription Drug Roundup from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 27 at the following locations:

Roundup Locations    April 27, 2013     10:00am – 2:00pm:

• Walgreens, 10370 N. McCarran Blvd.
• Save Mart, 565 East Prater Way
• Walmart, 4855 Kietzke Lane
• Walmart, 5065 Pyramid Way
• Raley's, 18144 Wedge Pkwy
• Raley's, 930 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village
• Scolari's, 8165 S. Virginia Street
• Smith's, 750 S. Meadows Pkwy
Medications can be dropped off at the Roundup locations with no questions asked. Please bring medications in their original containers if possible, and feel free to mark out the patient's name.

Prescription Drug Roundups are a collaborative effort by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, DEA, Join Together Northern Nevada and many other community partners to address a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses caused by these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
Those dropping off medications will receive educational materials, as well as a free MedSafe locking medicine cabinet (limited supply available) to safely store their medications in the future. In addition, volunteers from Northern Nevada HOPES will be collecting residential sharps and providing information to the community about proper syringe disposal.
For those not able to make it to the Roundup event, permanent prescription drug drop boxes are available at local police departments and the Sheriff's Office. These drop boxes can accept prescription pills but do not accept liquids or needles, these items can be brought to the Roundup on the 27th. The drop boxes are available during regular business hours at the following locations:
• Washoe County Sheriff's Office – 911 Parr Blvd., Reno
• Reno Police Department – 455 E. 2nd Street, Reno
• Sparks Police Department – 1701 East Prater Way, Sparks
Additional information on the proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs can be located at If you have any questions regarding the Roundup event or the drop boxes, contact Washoe County Sheriff's Office Reserve Lieutenant Teresa Aquila at (775) 240-2308 or Stacy Ward, Prevention & Education Coordinator for the Reno Police Department at (775) 657-4794. 

From the Washoe County Sheriff's Office


Lyon County is also participating in a drug roundup Saturday from 10am-2pm at two locations:

  • Lyon County Sheriff's Office substation, 555 east Main Street in Fernley
  • Smith's Food and Drugs, 2200 U.S. Highway 50 East in Dayton


The Truckee Police Department is also taking part in a drug roundup this Saturday from 9am-1pm at the Truckee Safeway in Gateway Center at 11290 Donner Pass Road. The Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TT-FWD) is helping with this event.


Partnership Carson City says there are four locations in Carson City:

  • Save Mart, 4348 South Carson Street
  • Save Mart, 3325 Highway 50 East
  • Save Mart, 3620 North Carson Street
  • Smith's, 599 East Williams Street
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    In Churchill County, the CVS Pharmacy on 461 West Williams Avenue in Fallon is participating.

    Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites. In the five previous years, over two million pounds - over a thousand tons - of pills were turned in at Take Back events.

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