Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 | 3:54 a.m.
Today is the valley’s first prescription drug “take-back day,” an initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice to collect expired and unused medicine.
People are urged to bring their old prescription drugs to drop-off locations, Drug Enforcement Administration officials said in a news release. The service doesn’t cost anything, officials said, and it’s anonymous.
According to the DEA, prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are on the rise. Most people don’t know how to properly throw away their old drugs, officials said.
The Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding the event in conjunction with local police departments. Metro Police, Henderson Police and North Las Vegas Police will all be participating.
Henderson Police, which is calling its event “Operation Medicine Cabinet,” will be collecting prescription drugs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the north parking lot of the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road.
Metro Police will have three drop-off locations: 6975 W. Windmill Lane, 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave. and 3675 E. Harmon Ave.
North Las Vegas Police will have a drop-off set up at 3755 W. Washburn Road.
For more information and for sites in other areas, visit the DEA’s website.