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UPDATE: Drug Take-Back Event Successful in Tri-State

By: Jeremy Edwards, Anna Baxter Email
By: Jeremy Edwards, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 10/30/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Results are starting to come in after a nationwide drug take back event.

It was all part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The initiative provides people a way to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe and responsible way.

Collecting pills helps to guard against potentially harmful effects from antibiotics, hormones, painkillers and other drugs getting into the water supply.

Operation UNITE in Kentucky has announced their officers collected a ton of medications in 34 counties in the commonwealth last weekend.

UNITE President Dan Smoot said getting the medications out of medicine cabinets reduces the potential for abuse.

Across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, residents disposed of 4.5 tons of prescription pills, which is more than 9,000 pounds.

In West Virginia, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 4,976 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at 130 locations across the state over the weekend.

That beats the previous collection record of 4,642 pounds of drugs collected in April.

A recent report found that West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses, with a rate that's six times higher than it was about a decade ago.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says residents discarded 11.8 tons of pills, which is more than 23,000 pounds, during Saturday's event.

There were more than 230 drop off sites across the state.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/24/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In an effort to curb the prescription drug problem, law enforcement agencies across the tri-state will have pill "drop-off" opportunities for you to get rid of your old medications.

The National Drug Take Back is set for this Saturday.

This is the 7th an annual event, sponsored by the DEA, to ensure proper disposal of unused prescription medications. The DEA says along with disposing of prescription drugs, the day also aims at educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, the first six Prescription Drug Take Back events brought in more than 11 tons of unwanted prescription medicines in West Virginia.

You can drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at several drop-off sites throughout the tri-state Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

If you want to find a drop-off location close to your home, click the link below. You can also call 1-800-882-9539.


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