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What's New — April 28, 2012 —The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Find a collection site near you Find a collection site near you

[“Medicine Disposal Program Flyer”] Expired Medicines In The Cabinet? Don’t rush to Flush. Prevent abuse, poisoning and pollution! — The Clark County Water Reclamation District & the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

See the Video — New Medical Disposal Boxes

With the increased availability and medical advancements in prescription drugs, more and more individuals are finding it difficult to properly dispose of their unused medications.

To protect children's health due to accidental ingestion of medications, prevent abuse of prescription medications and to further protect public health and the environment, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) is issuing the following recommendations regarding proper disposal of unused medications.

1) DO NOT FLUSH your unused medications or expired medications. Despite previous recommendations issued by multiple government agencies, this is no longer a preferred method for disposal of medication. Flushing of medication can contaminate water systems and lead to unhealthy drinking water.

2) Participate in "take-back or roundup" programs sponsored by community agencies and local law enforcement. These programs are free and will ensure your medications are properly disposed of. Visit the Join Together Northern Nevada Website or the Operation Medicine Cabinet in Las Vegas for more information regarding these programs.

3) Disposing of unused or expired medications in your trash is also recommended , as landfills are currently able to handle such waste. This will ensure that the medications do not end up in waterways or are abused by individuals.

  • Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
  • Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds (or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat) to the plastic bag.
  • Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
  • Remove and destroy ALL identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away.

4) Take your unused medications back to a local pharmacy that accepts and disposes of unused medications. Certain pharmacies have scheduled days they accept unused medications. Smiths and Walgreens are among the pharmacies that provide this service.

Following is a list of resources to help provide more information on the proper disposal of medications:

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