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Prescription drug round-ups planned for Oct.
by Tribune Staff
Sep 22, 2011 | 544 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — On Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, officers of the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a prescription drug round-up at various locations throughout Washoe County. During this event, citizens can drop off expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, which will be safely destroyed.

This will be the area’s fifth such event. To date, the round-ups have collected more than 285,000 prescription pills. These pills will no longer be improperly disposed of or make it into the hands of youth or adults who might abuse them. This is a collaborative effort and a result of partnerships with many other community agencies, including Join Together Northern Nevada and local pharmacies and retailers.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in our nation today. Prescription drugs are now the second most commonly abused drug type among all teens, and among 12-13 year olds are the most common – even more prevalent than marijuana. About 1 in 5 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs to get high. The round-up is one way to raise awareness of this problem, provide information and resources, and reduce the availability of prescription drugs for abuse.

Medications can be dropped off confidentially, with no questions asked. No identifying patient information will be collected. Please bring medications in their original containers if possible, and feel free to mark out the patient’s name. Those dropping off medications will also receive educational materials as well as a free MedSafe locking medicine cabinet (limited supply available) to safely store their medications in the future. 

 Round Up Locations:

Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Scolari’s, 300 Disc Dr., Sparks; Scolari’s, 8165 S. Virginia St., Reno; Save Mart, 565 E. Prater Way, Sparks; Walgreens, 10370 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno; Smith’s, 175 Lemmon Dr., Reno; Walmart, 4855 Kietzke Lane, Reno;

Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day) – Scolari’s, 8165 S. Virginia St., Reno;

Save Mart, 565 E. Prater Way, Sparks.

Proper disposal of medications protects teens, children, pets and the environment. If you have any questions regarding the event, call Stacy Shamblin, prevention & education coordinator for the Reno Police Department, at 657-4794. 

For those not able to make it to the event, information on the proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs can be located at More collection dates will be scheduled in the future.

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