Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Apr 22, 2021 - 7:59AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Participating in Prescription Drugs Round Up this Saturday

Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Join Together Northern Nevada and other community partners in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. community members can safely rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during the Prescription Drug Round Up. Residents can bring medications for disposal to several convenient locations:

Raleys- 18144 Wedge Parkway
Raleys- 1630 Robb Drive
Reno Elks Lodge- 597 Kumle Lane (Across from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Reno Sparks Indian Colony Human Services- 405 Golden Lane
Smith’s- 750 South Meadows Parkway
Smith’s- 175 Lemmon Drive

Smith’s- 1255 Baring Boulevard

Raley’s- 930 Tahoe Boulevard

The Prescription Drug Round Up is taking unused or expired prescription drugs in their original containers, over-the-counter pills, prescription liquids, and pet medications. We encourage the public to mark out the patient's name on the bottle prior to disposal.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019.*  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

A common method of disposing unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has permanent prescription drug collection sites at both agency locations:

Washoe County Sheriff's Office - 911 Parr Blvd., Reno
Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Incline Village Substation – 625 Mt. Rose Highway, Incline Village

Proper disposal of medications protects teens, children, pets and the environment.

*Source: DEA Take Back Day


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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