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Area Prescription Drug Round Up Nets Over 1,500 Pounds of Pills

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Authorities say they collected over 1,500 pounds of prescription pills during a round up held last Saturday across Washoe County.

The Reno Police Department partnered with the Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration for the roundup. In Washoe County, the Round Up has occurred twice a year since the fall of 2009.

The round-up was created to remove old medications from homes to eliminate the possibility of abuse, especially among young people. The effort was also designed to help minimize the potential for water pollution since many old medications are flushed down toilets.

If you did not have a chance to participate in the event, permanent prescription drug drop boxes are now in place in the lobbies of the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Citizens can drop unwanted prescription pills in these drop boxes during business hours. Liquids and sharps are not accepted in the drop boxes.

Further information on the proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs can be located at www.jtnn.org.
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