Prescription drug recovery event taking place on April 30

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — You can get rid of unwanted prescription drugs with the Prescription Drug Recovery Event.

Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) with local law enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration and several community partners host the biannual Prescription Drug Roundup.

It’s happening Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations across Washoe County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 128 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription and illicit opioids. The Prescription Drug Round Up was created to encourage residents to remove old medications from their homes to eliminate the potential for abuse or addiction by those with access to unlocked medicine cabinets, such as young people children and teenagers.

Additionally, when medications are flushed down the drain, they can pollute our water and unintentionally expose the community and wildlife to the chemicals in those medications.

Residents can return unused and expired prescription medications to any of Washoe County’s seven locations no questions asked:

• Raley’s – 18144 Wedge Parkway, Reno

• Raley’s – 1630 Robb Drive, Reno

• Reno Elks Lodge – 597 Kumle Lane, Reno

• Smith – 175 Lemmon Drive, Reno

• Smith’s – 750 South Meadows Drive, Reno

• Smith – 1255 Baring Blvd, Sparks

• Reno-Sparks Indian Colony – 405 Golden Lane, Reno

Residents outside of Washoe County who wish to dispose of their prescription drugs can visit www.dea.gov to find a collection site near them.

For more information, visit www.jtnn.org.

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