Nevada police taking back unwanted drugs Oct. 29

Friday, October 14, 2011

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, 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, according to information supplied by the Nevada Police Department.

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

That's why, on Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Nevada Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Area residents may bring medications for disposal to the Nevada Police Department, 120 S. Ash, Nevada.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked, the NPD said. Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be collected. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds --188 tons -- of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Nevada Police Department.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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 to others.

For more information on this program visit and click on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day icon.

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