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Prescription Drug Round Up Event This Saturday

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Join Together Northern Nevada, Reno Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and several other community partners are hosting the semiannual Prescription Drug Round Up event on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 AM to 2 PM at various locations throughout Washoe County.

The first Prescription Drug Roundup was in 2009 and was started in hopes to encourage residents to remove old medications for their homes to help eliminate the potential for abuse or dependence by children or teenagers, who have an easy access to unlocked medicine cabinets in homes. One in four teenagers have admitted to using and abusing a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them. 

“Kids often have easy access to the family medicine cabinet, and we ask parents to lock up prescriptions or dispose of those that are no longer needed,” said Jennifer DeLett-Snyder, Executive Director for Join Together Northern Nevada. 

Since the first roundup more than 1.8 million pills have been collected and incinerated. 

Residents can turn in unused and expired prescription medications and liquids in their original container to any of the locations, volunteers will black out any personal information left on the containers. 


  • Raleys - 18144 Wedge Parkway, Reno
  • Save Mart– 4995 Kietzke Lane, Reno
  • Smith’s – 175 Lemmon Drive, Reno
  • Walgreens - 10370 N. McCarran Blvd, Reno
  • CVS - 680 N. McCarran Blvd, Sparks
  • CVS – 5151 Sparks Blvd., Sparks


Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency and hosting a Drug Take Back on Saturday, October 22, 2016. This will be the public’s 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. You can drop off your pet medications also.

Bring your pills for disposal at the following locations between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

•    East Fork Fire Station #12, 3620 N. Sunridge Drive (north Douglas County )
•    East Fork Fire Station #4, 1476 Albite Road (Topaz Ranch Estates – south county)
•    Walgreen’s, 1342 N. Hwy 395, Gardnerville
•    DCSO Tillman substation, 1281 Kimmerling Rd, Gardnerville
•    Safeway Grocery Store, 212 Elks Point Road, Roundhill (Lake Tahoe)

The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps. Only pills, patches or liquids will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

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