Thousands Of Pills Taken From Harm's Way

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of pounds of prescription drugs were handed in Saturday as part of National Drug Take Back day.

People could pass in pills from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that were unwanted, unused, or unnecessary.

It was all in an effort to keep those drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

At one location in South Charleston, the number of pills handed in was less than in previous years. An officer at the West Virginia Police Post said that's because many drugs have been handed over in previous years.

Ashland, Kentucky police collected more than 100 pounds of drugs Saturday.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio residents have turned in more than 8,600 pounds of prescriptions at local drop boxes throughout the past year. That's in addition to the amount collected Saturday.

Nationally, almost three million pounds have been collected in the event's six year history.

All of the pills turned in will be collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration. They will destroy them in the coming days and weeks.

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