RENO — Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN), the Reno Police Department and many others are partnering for the Prescription Drug Round-Up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at several local retail locations to collect unwanted, expired prescription drugs.
The semi-annual event was created to remove old medications from homes to eliminate the potential for abuse or dependence by those who have easy access to medicine cabinets, such as teenagers and young children. The majority of teens say prescription drugs are easier to get than illegal drugs, and 1 in 5 teens has used a prescription drug to get high.
“Kids have easy access to the family medicine cabinet, and we ask parents to lock up their prescription drugs or dispose of those that are no longer needed,” said Kevin Quint, executive director for JTNN.
Prescription drug abuse is our nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, according to JTNN. Prescription drug poisoning is second only to motor vehicle crash deaths as the leading cause of accidents. Nevada had an overdose rate of 14.8 per 100,000 people in 2006, the eighth highest rate in the country. The increase in drug overdose death rates is largely attributable to the use of prescription opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin.
Area residents can turn in unwanted or expired prescription drugs, over-the-counter pills, prescription liquids, pet medications,
and residential sharps at the following locations:
• Save Mart – 565 E. Prater Way, Sparks
• Scolari’s – 1300 Disc Drive, Sparks
• Smith’s – 175 Lemmon Drive, Reno
• Scolari’s – 8165 S. Virginia St., Reno
• Walgreens – 10370 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno
• Walmart – 4855 Kietzke Lane, Reno
The event is being sponsored by Join Together Northern Nevada, The Reno Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Scolari’s Food & Drug Company, Medical Reserve Corps, Sparks Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Washoe County School District, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Retail Association of Nevada, Walgreens, SaveMart, Walmart and Waste Management.
For more information, visit www.jtnn.org or call 324-7557.