Prescription drug roundup set for Saturday |

Prescription drug roundup set for Saturday

Staff Reports

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Partnership of Community Resources are hosting a prescription drug roundup 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at several locations in Douglas County.

Local agencies have sponsored similar events over the past two years and safely disposed of hundreds of pounds of prescription medications.

“The goal of the roundup is to remove old prescription medications from residents’ medicine cabinets or other storage places, to eliminate or reduce the chance of illicit or mistaken use by people – usually children or grandchildren – who find them,” said Sgt. Jim Halsey said.

Proper disposal of medications protects teens, children, pets and the environment, he said.

Collection points will be staffed by a uniformed deputy, DCSO citizen patrol officers, and a member of the Partnership of Community Resources.

Acceptable items include unused or expired prescription drugs, over-the-counter pills, prescription liquids and pet medications.

Participants are to leave the medication in original containers and mark out the patient name.

Syringes and EpiPens will not be accepted, Halsey said.

Anyone who can’t come to the collection site is advised to dispose of unused drugs by crushing them in a seal-tight plastic bag, adding kitty litter or coffee grounds, sealing the bag and disposing of it in the trash.

Collection points are:

— Walmart Supercenter, 3770 Topsy Lane, north Douglas County;

— Topaz Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Station, 1476 Albite Road, Wellington, south Douglas County;

— Walgreens Pharmacy, 1342 N. Highway 395, Gardnerville;

— Douglas County Sheriff’s Office substation, 1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos;

— Safeway supermarket, 212 Elks Point Road, Round Hill, Lake Tahoe.