The Prescription Drug Round Up, held each spring and fall, is a safe place to dispose of expired, unwanted prescription drugs.

The next Prescription Drug Round-Up will be October 24, 2020. Check back later for event details and participating locations.

Additionally, JTNN and other Nevada Coalitions are hosting Safe At-Home Medication Disposal Day on September 26 from 10 am – 12 pm. Click here for more information.

The JTNN office is offering DeTerra drug deactivation system bags to Washoe County residents. DeTerra bags contains carbon, which is non-toxic, and can deactivate the medication, rendering it useless. In order to use a DeTerra bag, place your medications into the bag, add water, seal it, and throw in the trash. It will not harm the environment. Please call the JTNN office at (775)-324-7557 Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. to arrange a contactless pick-up. If you are unable to pick up a DeTerra bag, you can place your medication in a bag with used coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw in the trash. Safe drug disposal is crucial. According to SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, two thirds of teens who misused prescription medication obtained them from a friend or family member. Safe disposal can save lives.

Check back for updates regarding Drug Round-Up information for the future!

Rates of prescription drug abuse are increasing throughout the country, and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. The community is safer without unneeded prescription drugs in a home with the potential for abuse by young children or others. Proper disposal of unused medicines is a public health issue since the environment can become polluted by medicines that are thrown away or flushed down toilets.
Unused/expired prescription medications, nonprescription pills, and prescription liquids in the original container. Feel free to remove any personal identification from the container.
Sharps are collected at the Round Up. If you’d like to dispose of sharps at another time, please contact Northern Nevada Hopes at 775-348-2893 or review the following information: Sharps Disposal Card
The best way to dispose of old prescription drugs is to use a take-back program, however, if a take-back program is not available there are other quick and easy ways to dispose of old prescription drugs:

  • Mix them in with something to help them break down. Follow the easy steps below for quick home disposal.
    • Take the medications out of their bottles.
    • Mix them with something unappealing like kitty litter or coffee grounds.
    • Seal the medication/kitty litter mixture into a bag or disposable container like a plastic detergent bottle and throw away.
  • Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at permanent prescription drug drop boxes located in the lobbies of the following police departments:
    • Reno Police Department at 455 E. 2nd Street, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sparks Police Department at 1701 E. Prater Way, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at 911 Parr Blvd., Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • University of Nevada, Reno Police Services at 1664 N. Virginia Street Student Services Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More Questions? Call us at 775-324-7557.

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