CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly 4,800 pounds of unwanted prescription medications were collected during a drug "Take Back" event throughout West Virginia, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.
A total of 4,795 pounds were collected Saturday, April 28, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said. That collection surpassed a similar event in October 2011 that collected 3,676 pounds of unwanted prescription medications.
“West Virginians understand how devastating prescription drug abuse is for our families and they have responded yet again in the most effective way citizens can: by ridding their medicine cabinets of unneeded and potentially dangerous narcotics,” Goodwin said.
The event during the weekend designated more than 100 sites throughout West Virginia, providing citizens with various locations to drop off expired, unused and unwanted medications.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back held in April involved more than 5,100 sites nationwide in an effort to fight prescription drug abuse and theft.