Inappropriately disposal of prescription drugs has caused a coalition of government entities to ban together. Leading the charge is the Clark County Water Reclamation District, in conjunction with local law enforcement, who have created the Medicine Disposal Program for the sole purpose of safely disposing of prescription and over-the- counter medications.
Increasingly, pharmaceutical residue is finding its way into local water supplies. A recent study found that 80% of 139 streams sampled across 30 states show low concentrations of chemicals commonly found in prescription drugs. While the concentrations have been minuscule, they may be enough to wreak havoc with the environment as well as all of us. While these studies are still ongoing, the best preventative measure is to safely dispose of all drugs.
Officers are taking reports on “Lost” or “Stolen” prescriptions on a weekly, if not daily basis. I recall three or four reports in the last week alone, a clear indication of the addictive nature and the extent one is willing to go to obtain their drug of choice getting rid of unused or expired medications only makes good safety sense.
One such case, a local adult took her sister’s identification and health insurance card, established herself as a patient with a local physician and proceeded to obtain prescription drugs under her assumed identity unbeknownst to her sister and the doctor. Of course, once the ruse was uncovered she was arrested for several felony charges.
The Medicine Disposal Program provides you with a local drop off point where you can safely and anonymously dispose of your expired or unused prescription or over the counter medicines. The local drop off point is the lobby of the Police Department where you will see the robust yellow box, clearly marked with Medicine Disposal Program information.
Until next month, stay safe!
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchase@bcnv.org.