Prescription Drug Take Back Day Nets 18 Boxes Of Medication

Posted By on May 8, 2017

by Sgt. Bernadette Smith, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office · 1 min read

MINDEN, Nev. – On April 29, 2017 Douglas County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Drug Enforcement’s Drug Take Back Day which was Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Citizen Patrol volunteered to staff five locations in Douglas County so that residents could drop off unwanted or expired prescriptions along with over the counter medications.

Staff was able to turn in 18 boxes of medications, which was more than last October’s collection.

The majority of prescription drug abusers said in a survey that they get their drugs through friends, family or going through a medicine cabinet.

Cleaning out a medicine cabinet helps prevents overdoses, which numbered 78 a day in the US in 2014. Disposing of medications also reduces theft, accidents and misuse of medications. Eight out of 10 heroin users began with prescription medication abuse of opioids.

Sheriff Pierini said “DSCO will continue to participate in these DEA events to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic that is occurring in this country, and offer a safe and anonymous way to get rid of their medications.”

Sheriff Pierini thanks Citizen Patrol for their participation. The next Take Back will be in October.