Douglas County Sheriff’s officers are hoping to protect teens from prescription medication by holding a community wide drug roundup. They are teaming up with local pharmacies to collect and safely dispose of the pills. Pet medications, needles, and prescription liquids will also be accepted at collection sites.
Smith’s Pharmacist Marcy Rouse says the collection also ensures the safety of adults, who run the danger of confusing expired prescriptions with current ones. She says while some medications lose their effectiveness overtime, others actually become toxic. Many people attempt to get rid of old medications by flushing them down the toilet, but that can create another dangerous situation. Sgt. Jim Halsey says getting rid of drugs that way can contaminate the ground water.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office held a drug roundup earlier this week at a Carson Valley Inn Senior Health Fair. The event netted about 30 pounds of unused medication. Halsey is hoping for even greater success this weekend. You can turn in your old prescription drugs Saturday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at the following locations.
1341 Highway 395, Gardnerville
WalMart Super Center
3770 N Highway 395 & Topsy Lane
Shriff's Tillman Substation
1281 Kimmerling Rd, Gardnerville
Topaz Ranch Estates - Fire Station
1476 Albite Rd, Wellington
212 Elks Point Rd., Round Hill
More info (775) 782-8611