Washoe Sheriff Rounding Up Pills for Safety

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County sheriff's deputies and the Drug Enforcement Agency say they're staging another installment of a popular pill round-up that aims to get old drugs off medicine cabinet shelves and out of reach of teens who might abuse them.

Officials say two Washoe County stores are allowing residents on Saturday to drop off expired or unused medications so authorities can safely dispose of them.

More than half a million pills have been collected in past round-ups hosted by police in Reno and Sparks.

Authorities say prescription drugs are now the second most commonly abused drug among teens, and the top drug among youth ages12 and 13.

Organizers say the drop-off is confidential and residents may strike out the patient's name from the label.

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