Law enforcement to collect prescription pills

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Law enforcement to collect prescription pills

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If you've got old medications just sitting in a cabinet, you can drop them off, no questions asked, at tomorrow's Prescription Drug Round Up events in and around Reno.

If you've got old medications just sitting in a cabinet, you can drop them off, no questions asked, at Saturday's Prescription Drug Round Up events in and around Reno.

The Reno and Sparks Police Departments, along with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, are collecting prescription and over-the-counter pills and liquids Saturday in an effort to prevent drug abuse and overdose deaths.

The events began locally back in 2009, after a Reno family lost their son to heroin. Sergeant Ernesto Leyva with Reno Police says the family wanted to raise awareness on how often abusing medications can lead to heroin addiction.

"Opiates--that's usually kind of the gateway drug that a lot of younger kids will use. And once they become addicted, then they usually transition from those pills, such as Oxycontin, Oxycodone, when they can't afford to buy those pills, they'll transition to heroin, which is a lot cheaper to obtain."

Since 2009, the events have collected more than 1 million prescription pills.

Here are the event locations provided by the Reno Police Department. The events run from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, Oct. 5:

Raley's - 18144 Wedge Pkwy
Smith's - 750 S. Meadows Blvd
Scolari's - 8165 S. Virginia St.
Save Mart - 4995 Kietzke Ln
Walgreens - 10370 N. McCarran Blvd 
Save Mart - 565 E. Prater Way
Save Mart - 9750 Pyramid Lakes