Prescription drug roundup Saturday |

Prescription drug roundup Saturday

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Shannon Litz file photoSome of the medication dropped off last year. The prescription drug roundup 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Douglas County Partnership of Community Resources, is conducting a Prescription Drug Roundup on Saturday

The event, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at five locations throughout Douglas County.

The purpose of the event is to get unused or unwanted prescription medications out of home medicine cabinets where they can be stolen and abused.

A majority of teens who abuse prescription medications secretly obtain them from medicine cabinets of friends or relatives. Organizers want to reduce the availability of access to these drugs by reducing or eliminating the quantity of old medications stored in homes.

Additionally, many people are unsure of how to dispose of old prescription medications, so they dump them down the sink or flush them down the toilet. These substances then end up in the local water table where they contaminate the water supply and environment.

The Douglas County Partnership of Community Resources and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are providing an opportunity for the public to bring their old or unwanted medications, including pills, liquids, and even pet medications, to a convenient location to be collected and safely destroyed.

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Citizens can bring their unwanted or unused prescription medications to these locations and drop them off safely and confidentially, with no questions asked. Any identifying information on the pill bottle or container should be marked out in advance of drop-off.

Roundup Locations

In Town: Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 1342 Highway 395, Gardnerville

North County: WalMart Supercenter, 3770 Topsy Lane, Carson City

South County: TRE Volunteer Fire Station, 1476 Albite Road, Wellington

Lake Tahoe: Safeway Supermarket, 212 Elks Point Rd, Round Hill

Gardnerville Ranchos: DCSO Sub Station, 1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos

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