EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPRESCRIPTION DRUG COLLECTION
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Take-Back Event Collects Nearly Two Tons Of Prescription Drugs
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 28, 2012 10:41 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 1, 2012 5:36 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A take-back of unwanted and expired prescription drugs across West Virginia resulted in the collection of nearly two tons of prescription drugs, officials said.
The results of Saturday’s prescription drug take-back event were announced Monday by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Resident Agent in Charge John Ryan, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“Getting almost two tons of unwanted prescription drugs out of people’s medicine cabinets is a huge victory for West Virginia,” Goodwin said. “That’s two tons of medicine that can’t hurt anyone’s children or grandchildren. It’s two tons of medicine that we know won’t contribute to our state’s prescription drug problem.”
The September Take-Back designated 120 sites throughout West Virginia for citizens to drop off expired, unused and unwanted medications.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back held in September was the fifth national event of its kind and involved more than 5,100 designated sites nationwide in an effort to fight prescription drug abuse and theft.
If you have old prescriptions around your house, you can get rid of them safely this weekend at designated drop-off locations.
Saturday is National Take Back Day.
In the Kanawha Valley, you can drop off unused prescriptions at the West Virginia Division of Protective Services, the Charleston Police Department at 50th Street and MacCorkle Avenue Southeast and the West Virginia State Police barracks in South Charleston from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Due with the increase of prescription drug abuse, police are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the drop-off locations.
For other locations accepting the prescriptions, log onto http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ - that's where you can search locations by state and county.
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