Sheriff’s office to collect unwanted medications

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is holding a medication take-back event this month.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. The event is sponsored by the sheriff’s office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Clark County Department of Environmental Services in partnership with PREVENT! The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Clark County and C-Tran.

Earlier this year, the sheriff’s office held a similar event. Officers collected nearly 400 pounds of unwanted medications from more than 200 people. The sheriff’s office safely disposed of the medication.

Unused medications left in homes can increase the risk of dangerous and inappropriate uses. In addition, proper drug disposal is an environmental issue. Unused medications should not be flushed down the toilet or dumped down the drain.

Unwanted medications can also be disposed of at several collection sites across Clark County.

Controlled substances, such as pain relievers and tranquilizers, can be taken to participating law enforcement agencies. Non-controlled substances, such as over-the-counter medications, can be taken to participating local pharmacies. For more information, visit http://www.recyclingA-Z.com and click on “medications.”