RX drug round up set for April 30 in Incline Village
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On April 30, local and federal agencies will once again partner to sponsor the Prescription Drug Round Up event in Washoe County.
Since the area’s first event in the fall of 2009, round ups in Washoe County have collected more than 1.6 million prescription pills.
More than 230,000 of those pills were in categories that are commonly diverted and abused, such as painkillers, depressants and stimulants.
Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the US, having claimed 47,055 lives in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths attributed to prescription pain relievers in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A primary factor in this problem is the fact prescription medications are so readily available — the majority of all people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family for free, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Considering that, Washoe County’s Prescription Drug Round Up event seeks to reduce the available supply of excess prescription drugs, while also raising awareness in the community about this epidemic.
Medications — including household prescription and over the counter pills and liquids — can be dropped off with no questions asked.
Residents are asked to bring medications in their original containers if possible, and may mark out the patient’s name if they wish.
Prescription waste or expired/surplus medications from medical offices or pharmaceutical companies or their representatives are not accepted.
In addition, volunteers from Northern Nevada HOPES and the Northern Nevada Outreach Team will be collecting residential sharps and providing information to the community about proper syringe disposal.
There are several drop-off locations set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 in Reno-Sparks. Locally, the location is Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village.
For those not able to make it, permanent prescription drug drop boxes are available at local police departments, including the WCSO Incline Village Substation at the intersection of highways 28 and 431, just north of the roundabout.
Law enforcement would like to remind the community that these drop boxes only accept pills; they do not accept liquids or needles. For information about how to dispose of needles, contact Northern Nevada HOPES at 775-786-4673.
This article was provided by the Reno Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Visit jtnn.org for information on proper disposal of unused or unwanted prescription drugs.