Prescription drug roundup offered Saturday
September 28, 2012
Getting expired or unused prescription drugs out of the bathroom medicine cabinet and into pill-dumping stations Saturday can keep them from being circulated in area high schools, Partnership Carson City Executive Director Kathy Bartosz said.Those pills, ranging from narcotics to heart medicine for a teenager’s parent or grandparent, can have a street value and be highly addictive.“If grandma or grandpa are suddenly becoming interesting (to your teenager), there could be an issue there,” Bartosz said.Getting the pills off the streets is the goal of Saturday’s Drug Take-Back Day, being put on jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement.The Nevada Department of Safety’s Investigation Division says teenagers might try to experiment with such drugs, thinking that since they’re prescribed they can’t be dangerous.But a prescribed narcotic could lead to addiction, and when the drugs from the medicine cabinet are gone the addicted person looks for similar drugs or substitutes. The Investigation Division says that could result in heroin use since heroin can be more available than some prescription drugs.Carson CityIn Carson City, the round-up is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.It will be at all three Save Mart Supermarkets, 3629 N. Carson St., 3325 U.S. Highway 50 East and 4348 S. Carson St. and at Smith’s Food and Drugs, 599 E. William St.Fernley/DaytonIn Fernley and Dayton, the round-ups will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..In Fernley, the round-up will be at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office substation at 555 East Main Street.In Dayton, the round-up will be at Smith’s Food and Drugs, 2200 U.S. Highway 50 East.Douglas CountyAll the round-ups will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at these locations:In Gardnerville, the round-up will be at Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 1342 U.S. Highway 395.In the northern part of the county, the round-up will be at the Walmart Super Center at 3770 Topsy Lane.In the southern part of the county, the round-up will be at the TRE Volunteer Fire Station at 1476 Albite Road, Wellington.At Lake Tahoe, the round-up will be at the Safeway Supermarket, 212 Elks Point Road, Round Hill.In the Gardnerville Ranchos, the round-up will be at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office substation, 1281 Kimmerling Road. Storey CountyAll the round-ups will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at these locations:In Virginia City, the round-up will be at the Storey County Detention Facility at 911 State Route 341.In Lockwood, the round-up will be at the Lockwood sheriff’s substation at 200 Canyon Way.