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Prescription drug take-back set for Saturday in Truckee

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Drug roundup also in Incline Village

Incline Village Community Hospital is partnering with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, IVGID Waste Not and Join Together Northern Nevada to host a prescription drug roundup on 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.

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

TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Truckee Police Department and the TT-FWDD (Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your medications for disposal to the Gateway Shopping Center parking lot in front of Safeway at 11290 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

Please remove pills from their containers. Sharps and aerosols are not accepted. This event is for residents only; no businesses or DEA registrants.

In the previous nine National Take-Back events from 2010-2014, approximately 277,595 pounds or 138 tons of unused medication were collected from Northern California and Central Valley residents. Nationwide, 4,823,251 pounds or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Help the Truckee Police Department and TT-FWDD keep our kids safe and our waterways clean. Come visit us Saturday and turn in your unused prescription drugs conveniently and discreetly.

This article was submitted by the Truckee Police Department. Visit townoftruckee.com/departments/police to learn more. Visit ttfwdd.com to learn more about TT-FWDD.