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Law Enforcement to Hold Prescription Drug Round Up Saturday

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Prescription drug overdose has become a national epidemic. That's why this Saturday, local and federal agencies are teaming up for a prescription drug round up.

It's basically a chance for you to drop off unwanted, old or unused prescription drugs.

Round ups started in our area in 2009.

Since then, according to the Reno Police Department, they have collected more than a million prescription pills.

"The bottom line is with those drugs being out there, there's an opportunity for somebody out there to get hurt if they take them," said Lieutenant Scott Dugan with the Reno Police Department. "We know that we have conducted these round ups the past couple years and several times a year and each time we take in more drugs."

According to RPD, Nevada has one of the highest rates in the country of prescription drug overdose deaths.

Between 2009 and 2011, there were more than 2,000 prescription drug overdose deaths in Nevada.

Lieutenant Dugan said one of the reasons prescription drug abuse is becoming a problem is because too many pills are just lying around people's homes.

So here's what you can do to make sure these prescription drugs are disposed of safely.

There will be seven locations setup in the Reno-Sparks area for you to take your pills and liquids. It will all be dumped for you, no questions asked.

You are being asked to bring the pills or liquids in its original bottle, but black out your name and info with a sharpie.

Also, volunteers from Northern Nevada Hopes will be collecting residential sharps and providing information to the community about proper syringe disposal.

The round up is this Saturday, October 5th from 10am until 2pm.

There's seven locations where you can drop off your prescription drugs during that time.

For a complete list of locations and more information about this weekend's round up, head to http://www.jtnn.org/

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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