The Prescription Drug Round Up, held each spring and fall, is a safe place to dispose of expired, unwanted prescription drugs.
More than 1.4 million pills have been collected at the Washoe County Round Ups since October 2009. The September 2014 Round Up netted over 1,500 pounds of prescription drugs.
WHY DISPOSE OF YOUR UNWANTED 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.
WHAT CAN I BRING?
Unused/expired prescription medications, nonprescription pills, and prescription liquids in the original container. Feel free to remove any personal identification from the container.
WHAT ABOUT SHARPS?
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
WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND?
You can 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: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Join Together Northern Nevada, Medical Reserve Corps, Nevada Office of the Attorney General, Nevada Prevention Resource Center, Nevada Society of Health System Pharmacists, Northern Nevada Hopes, Northern Nevada Outreach Team, Reno Police Department, Raley’s, Retail Association of Nevada, Save Mart, Scolari’s, Smith’s, Sparks Police Department, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Walgreens, Walmart, Washoe County Department of Water Resources, Washoe County School District, Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, Waste Management.