collaboration with the Mesquite Police Department, The Department of Athletics
and Leisure Services has installed a new drug take back box with in the
facility located at 102 West Old Mill Road. We would like to remind residents
that there are other permanent Drug Take Back program drop boxes with in the
City of Mesquite and they are located in the lobbies of the Mesquite Police
Department Administrative Hall, 695 Mayan Circle, and at the Justice Center,
500 Hillside Drive. The boxes are
designed for safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter pill
Captain Shane Charles encourages residents to use the Drug
Take Back Boxes as a means to reduce access to prescription drugs in the
community, especially among teen population. More teens abuse prescription
drugs than cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine combined. Teens say prescription drugs are widely
available from a variety of sources, including their home medicine cabinets,
and those of friends and relatives.
According to the National Association of Drug Diverters,
“America’s 12 to 17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one
substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly
coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents, and friends.
More and more adults recognize the need to remove these substances from the
home. Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these
medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong
Drop boxes significantly reduce the prescription drugs in
American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. These same drugs
unfortunately have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people
who have access to the residence.”
“Residents can help in the effort to stop drug diversion
by getting expired and unused prescription and over the counter medications out
of medicine cabinets,” said Charles.
Residents are reminded the drop boxes are for the pills
only. Bottles, liquids, inhalers,
syringes and other medical devices are not accepted at drop box locations.
“We are excited to team up with the Police Department and
provide another accessible location for the community,” added Associate
Director, Nicholas Montoya of the Leisure Services Department.
Despite previous recommendations issued by multiple
government agencies flushing medication down the drain is no longer a preferred
method for disposal of medication. Flushing of medication can contaminate water
systems and lead to unhealthy drinking water. Drug Take Back Boxes in the City
of Mesquite have been provided by The Clark County Water Reclamation District
in order to promote clean water.
The Reclamation District provides the following
information on their website: “When you flush medication down your drain, it
ends up at one of our treatment facilities. These ingredients can remain in the
treated water when it is released into the water cycle.
When prescription or over-the-counter drugs are flushed
down the sink or toilet, their chemical components may be added to the water
supply. The presence of these substances in the environment is emerging as an
important national and international issue. Although the concentration levels
of these products in the environment are very low, research and monitoring are
Putting medications down the drain is not just a local
concern. Increasingly, prescription and non-prescription medications, many of which
are not effectively destroyed by sewage treatment plants, are finding their way
into streams and drinking water supplies. A study conducted by the United
States Geological Survey found that 80 percent of the 139 streams sampled
across 30 states detected very low concentrations of chemicals commonly found
in prescription drugs. While the concentration levels of these products are
very low, they may be enough to cause adverse effects in the environment and to
Charles said the drop boxes are emptied on a regular basis
and items disposed of properly by incineration. For more information contact
the Mesquite Police Department at 702-346-5262.
For more additional information
on this and other programs please contact the Department of Athletics &
Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Register for youth and adult programs
online at: www.mesquitenv.gov
for more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation
or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.