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Nevada to Spend $1 Million on Opioid Incinerators, Anti-Abuse Plan

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State officials are committing more than $1 million to fight prescription opioid abuse in Nevada.

The Assembly's Interim Finance Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the five-point plan to combat prescription drug abuse that includes incinerators to dispose of drugs and treatment programs.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Attorney General Adam Laxalt's office put forward the initiative.

“On average, one Nevadan dies per day from drug overdose, and opioid-related overdoses have become the lead cause of death in America. My office’s ‘Prescription for Addiction’ opioid initiative creates an opportunity to face the epidemic that touches our families, friends and loved ones, and to promote prevention in Nevada. Today the Legislature approved this initiative that includes the purchase of drug incinerators, the distribution of Naloxone to first responders, funding allocated toward prevention and education efforts, and the creation of an investigative position to assist with federal efforts to curb opioid abuse. I am grateful to our Legislature for their support of this critical issue facing our State and nation, and am hopeful that these efforts will make a much-needed difference in our communities.”

The plan calls for five drug incinerators to be installed around Nevada, outfitting first responders with medication that reverses opioid overdoses, and a full-time investigator on an FBI opioid task force.

The plan is being paid with a $5.3 million settlement with Volkswagen to settle allegations that the carmaker cheated on emissions tests.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were involved in 33,091 nationwide deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. In 2016, Nevada was ranked as the sixth highest state for the number of milligrams of opioids distributed per adult according to a study by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Laxalt also stressed the importance of events like drug round-ups to help combat the deadly epidemic. Saturday, 10/20, residents can drop off any unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at several locations across Washoe County. See the list below.  

10/20 Drug drop-off locations:

Reno
CVS – 55 Damonte Ranch Parkway
Raley’s – 18144 Wedge Parkway
SaveMart – 10500 N. McCarran Blvd.
Scolari’s – 4788 Caughlin Parkway
Smith’s – 175 Lemmon Drive

Sparks
CVS – 680 N. McCarran Blvd.
Walgreens – 3000 Vista Blvd.

(The Associated Press and Las Vegas Review-Journal contributed to this report.)

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