Operation Medicine Cabinet Collects More Than Two Million Oral Doses of Drugs

May 4, 2012
Empty drug containers after College of Pharmacy students cataloged contents.

Last Saturday’s Operation Medicine Cabinet in Southern Nevada, presented by Roseman University, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies, and supported by KLAS-TV 8 news Now, was a tremendous success. Southern Nevada residents dropped off more than 1,000 lbs. of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications anonymously and with no-questions-asked at several collection sites throughout the region. This amounted to more than two million oral doses of medications, which included many controlled substances that are commonly misused and abused when they get into the wrong hands.

Roseman University College of Pharmacy students spent the day cataloging the drugs received and assisting with packing them for safe and proper disposal by law enforcement.

Operation Medicine Cabinet was created by Roseman University and local law enforcement and premiered in Southern Nevada in February 2010. Since then, collection events have removed more than six million oral doses of drugs from residents’ medicine cabinets in an effort to combat the growing threat of prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse, particularly among teens.