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Prescription drug roundup scheduled for Sept. 26 at North Tahoe

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline Village Community Hospital is partnering with a trio of local agencies and groups to host a prescription drug roundup in September.

According to a news release, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID Waste Not, Join Together Northern Nevada and IVCH want to provide Incline Village/Crystal Bay with a safe, secure method to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Rx Drug Roundup will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drop-off Location will be at the Raley’s Shopping Center parking lot at 930 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village.

According to IVCH, at the last drug roundup day in spring 2015, more than 33 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected.

“The misuse and improper disposal of prescription drugs is a growing, under-recognized problem in our community,” hospital officials said. “Easy access to medication encourages misuse. Improper disposal of drugs by flushing or discarding with solid waste can potentially harm our water sources and threaten wildlife. It is very important to dispose of unwanted medication in a safe manner.”

For information, contact Sheila Leijon, IVCH community outreach coordinator, at 775-888-4262 or sleijon@tfhd.com.

Visit http://www.tfhd.com for information about IVCH, which is operated by Tahoe Forest Health System.