Attorney General Ford Encourages Nevadans to Participate in April 27th National Prescription Drug Take-Back

April 25, 2019

Carson City, NV - Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford and his Substance Abuse Working Group announced that the 17th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On this day, Nevadans have the opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs.

    "Ridding your home of old or unneeded medication is one step every Nevadan can take to prevent medicine from falling into the hands of loved ones and children," said AG Ford.  "As a result of the collaborative efforts of leaders across the nation, more than 5,400 tons of pharmaceuticals were safely collected and disposed of during Take-Back events."

      Medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Nevadans are advised that their usual methods for disposal of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards. Participating Nevadans may bring their pills for disposal to dedicated sites across Nevada. Liquids, needles and sharps cannot be accepted. The service is free and anonymous. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or to view a collection site near you, click here.

        AG Ford chairs Nevada’s Substance Abuse Working Group, a group created by Assembly Bill 61 that consists of nine appointed members. In addition to prevention and education efforts, the Working Group works to submit information and recommendations related to the State’s substance abuse to the Nevada Legislature for consideration.