CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nearly two tons of unwanted and expired prescription drugs were collected during the weekend throughout West Virginia in a drug take-back program, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Resident Agent in Charge John Ryan.
Altogether, 3,742 pounds were collected throughout the Mountain State.
“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. Everyone involved in Saturday’s Take-Back event should be very proud of the difference they’ve made.”
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.