The Prescription Drug Round Up, held each spring and fall, is a safe place to dispose of expired, unwanted prescription drugs.

The Fall 2016 Prescription Drug Round Up will be held on October 22. Below is a list of locations:

Drop Off Locations
Raleys – 18144 Wedge Parkway, Reno
SaveMart – 4995 Kietzke Lane, Reno
Smith’s – 175 Lemmon Drive, Reno
Walgreens – 10370 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno
CVS – 680 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks
CVS – 5151 Sparks Blvd., Sparks

More than 1.8 million pills have been collected at the Washoe County Round Up events since October 2009.  The April 2016 Round Up netted over 3,400 pounds of prescription drugs.


Rates of prescription drug abuse are increasing throughout the country, and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.  The community is safer without unneeded prescription drugs in a home with the potential for abuse by young children or others. Proper disposal of unused medicines is a public health issue since the environment can become polluted by medicines that are thrown away or flushed down toilets.


Unused/expired prescription medications, nonprescription pills, and prescription liquids in the original container. Feel free to remove any personal identification from the container.


Sharps are collected at the Round Up. If you’d like to dispose of sharps at another time, please contact Northern Nevada Hopes at 775-348-2893 or review the following information: Sharps Disposal Card


The best way to dispose of old prescription drugs is to use a take-back program, however, if a take-back program is not available there are other quick and easy ways to dispose of old prescription drugs:

  • Mix them in with something to help them break down. Follow the easy steps below for quick home disposal.
    • Take the medications out of their bottles.
    • Mix them with something unappealing like kitty litter or coffee grounds.
    • Seal the medication/kitty litter mixture into a bag or disposable container like a plastic detergent bottle and throw away.
  • Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at permanent prescription drug drop boxes located in the lobbies of the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office during regular business hours.

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?   Call us at 775-324-7557.



WASHOE COUNTY SPONSORS:   Join Together Northern Nevada, Incline Village Community Hospital, Nevada Society of Health System Pharmacists, Nevada State Medical Association, Northern Nevada Hopes, Northern Nevada Outreach Team, Reno Police Department, Raley’s, Retail Association of Nevada, SaveMart, Sparks Police Department, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Walgreens, Washoe County Department of Water Resources, Washoe County Medical Society, Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, Waste Management.