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Another Prescription Drug Roundup Sees Great Success

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Every six months, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office teams up with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments to give people in our community a way to safely dispose of old medicines laying around the house.

Law enforcement started holding these roundups back in 2009, and in that time, they've collected more than one million pills.

Eight locations were set up in the Reno-Sparks area on Saturday. Each one stayed consistently busy all afternoon.

"We've got a constant flow of people coming in, dropping off prescription pills, over the counter medications," says Sgt. Ernesto Leyva with the RPD.

A good way to make sure those medications are disposed of correctly.

"It's in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency's national Drug Take-Back program," says Sgt. Leyva. "So, today across the nation, there are several take backs being conducted."

We found one man who dropped off an entire garbage bag filled with old medication.

"I accumulated over a period of time," says Joel Arcerc. "I'm under a lot of medication. Diabetes and other diseases."

He told us without these roundups, most people would simply dispose of their meds any way they could.

"In the garbage, in the soil, contaminating the water," says Arcerc. "You never know."

These roundups also help keep pills out of the wrong hands. Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem across the country. Not only that, but it's vital to keep the pills away from small children as well.

"When my daughter starts having children, I know that will be something I have to be very careful with again," says Marilyn Franz.

Sgt. Leyva says people are appreciative for these roundups because before 2009, many didn't really know what to do with their old medications.

"It was a program that was a resource the community didn't have in the past, which is now available to them."

The next roundup will be held in late September or early October. Remember, you can drop your medications off all year round at the Sheriff's Office and both Reno and Sparks Police Departments.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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