ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The streets of St. Albans are now 60 pounds lighter when it comes to pills.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. the St. Albans Police Department participated in the National Take Back Initiative.
Police departments across our area collected unused or unwanted pills to be safely disposed. It's all part of the DEA's national take-back initiative.
“Even if we get one pound [of pills] you know, that's just less,” said Captain James P. Agee of the St. Albans Police Department.
Agee said each pound, is a pound less of opportunity that those drugs end up in the wrong hands.
“Some of these pills are $80, $90, $100 a pill,” Agee said. “That's a temptation for people to steal them or to sell them or to take them from you and sell them."
Ruth Williams of St. Albans said over the years she has accumulated many expired pills.
“I've always just put them in my closet, away from the kids and stuff so no one would get to them,” Williams said.
Saturday, Williams dropped off two boxes full.
Saturday’s drop-off event is the fifth time the St. Albans Police Department has participated. The next similar event in the area is scheduled for Fall 2013.