LAS VEGAS – October 20, 2018 – Las Vegas area residents are encouraged to clear their medicine cabinets of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs for safe disposal as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take Back Day.
Roseman University College of Pharmacy has joined the PACT Coalition, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency of Nevada (SAPTA), Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and other Southern Nevada partners to offer drop off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be dropped off anonymously and with no-questions-asked for safe disposal during the one-day, event at select locations valley wide:
Smith’s – 8525 West Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas
Smith’s – 820 South Rancho Drive, Las Vegas
LVMPD Northwest Area Command – 9850 Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas
LVMPD Enterprise Area Command – 6975 West Windmill Lane, Las Vegas
North Las Vegas Police Department – 3755 West Washburn Road, North Las Vegas
Individuals dropping off unused and expired drugs are asked to back out names and addresses on the drug bottles before taking them to the event. Needles will not be accepted.
“We encourage all residents to look through their medicine cabinets and join us to safely dispose of any old or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications,” said Jamie Ross, executive director of the PACT Coalition. “We want to keep these medications from being misused, especially by our young people.”
The misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs are, after marijuana and alcohol, the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.
“People often think that prescription and OTC drugs are safer than illicit drugs,” said Krystal Riccio, associate professor of pharmacy at Roseman University’s College of Pharmacy “However, they can be just as addictive and dangerous as illicit drugs and put users at risk for other adverse health effects, including overdose. The risk is more profound when taken along with other drugs or alcohol.”
Riccio adds, there are varying strengths, side effects and interactions to consider when taking medications that aren’t prescribed to you by a doctor or are simply misused. Tragically, the result can be great bodily harm or even death.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, in addition to regularly cleaning out home medicine cabinets and safely disposing of unwanted drugs and medications, it is also critical that the public secure their current medications at home, so teens can’t access them, as well as keep track of quantities. It’s also important, especially for parents, to make certain that friends and relatives do the same.
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