Drug Take Back Day takes place Saturday in Nevada

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Authorities are encouraging people to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of unwanted or expired medication.

Nevadans can prevent abuse or misuse of their unused prescription pills by disposing of them Saturday at one of 35 collection sites across the state, a U.S. Department of Justice release said. Sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,The public can turn in their pills anonymously with no questions asked.

“Prevention starts at home. Cleaning out the family medicine cabinet could save a life,” U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said in a statement.

The efforts are part of an annual effort dubbed “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” and in its previous 16 years, the Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies have taken in nearly 5,500 tons — or 11 million pounds — of pills, the release said.

The DEA will not accept liquids, needles or sharps, the release said.

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Local collection sites:

Henderson

Henderson Police Department’s West Police Station

300 S. Green Valley Parkway

Las Vegas

Metropolitan Police Department Southeast Area Command

3675 E. Harmon Ave.

Metropolitan Police Department Downtown Area Command

621 N. Ninth St.

Metropolitan Police Department Enterprise Area Command parking lot

6975 W. Windmill Lane

Metropolitan Police Department Northwest Area Command

9850 W. Cheyenne Ave.

Smith’s Pharmacy parking lot

8555 W. Sahara Ave.

Downtown Summerlin Farmers Market

1980 Festival Plaza

North Las Vegas

Walmart parking lot

1807 W. Craig Road

North Las Vegas Police Department Northwest Area Command

3755 W. Washburn Road