EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Departments Participate In Drug Takeback
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 26, 2013 9:18 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 26, 2013 10:36 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Saturday was National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, where safe and responsible sites were set up for you to get rid of any unused prescriptions in your home.
Police departments around the state and country participated in the drug takeback initiative.
“We can get the prescription pills out of the hands of the users and destroyed properly," Deputy Daryl Hammonds, of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, said.
In one recent drug takeback, police in West Virginia collected 1100 pounds of prescription pills.
Putnam County's collection accounted for over 60 percent of that.
And on Saturday, many Putnam residents once again took advantage of the takeback.
“These are just drugs that are stacked up,” Denny Sansom of Winfield said. “They just haven't been used and have expired."
Hammonds said getting unused drugs out of the house is important, because stacks of pills are a potential threat for everyone's safety.
"We have a lot of people who break into residences to obtain prescription pills, or they'll steal them off their relatives," he said.
And to make things easier, the nationwide event is now an everyday thing for Putnam County.
This week, Putnam Sheriff Steve DeWeese announced a permanent drop box is now available.
"With this permanent dropoff, if you have some that are out of date, or you're not using anymore, you can just come up here and drop them off,” Sansom said. “It makes it real convenient."
The simple task is made a little easier to ensure the community's health and safety.
"There's a prescription pill problem everywhere,” Hammonds said. “As long as they're able to support a habit with a substance, individuals are going to seek that substance and use it.
If you missed drug take back day in your local area, you can get rid of unused, unwanted medicines at the new Putnam County permanent dropoff, which is located at the sheriff's office in Winfield.
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