Attorney General Masto Urges Drug Abuse Prevention and Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

April 23, 2014

In Collaboration with the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, April 26th

    LAS VEGAS - Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto urges Nevadans to participate in the prevention of Drug Endangered Children (DEC) by participating in the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back on April 26, 2014.

      “Today is National DEC Awareness Day, we can all do our part to prevent kids from having access to unused prescription drugs by properly disposing of them at one of the DEA drop-off sites,” said Masto.

        The Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership is partnering with the DEA to coordinate drop off locations across the state. To find a drop off place near you go to:

          DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

            The Nevada DEC Alliance will host two regional trainings for professionals to collaborate to meet the needs of children at risk of neglect and abuse related to parental drug use, including prenatal exposure, in order to advance intervention skills to prevent harm.

              April 29, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
              Regional Public Safety Training Center
              5190 Spectrum Blvd., Reno, NV 89512

                May 1, 2014 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
                Chaparral High School Theatre
                3850 Annie Oakley Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89121

                  Individuals can register at The seminar is targeted to law enforcement, social workers and prosecutors and is POST, CLE, and CEU certified.

                    Nevada is part of a national effort and is working hand-in-hand with states across the country to raise awareness about the risks posed to children when their caregivers are involved in drug trafficking or drug abuse. Because prescription pain killers are legal and prescribed by doctors, not everyone is aware of the risk these drugs pose.

                      To learn more about prenatal substance exposure visit Event flyers can be found here. For more information on Drug Endangered Children in Nevada go to