Drug take-back slated for weekend
Authorities will collect unwanted prescription drugs this weekend at sites around the state.
Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents will be accepting expired, unused and unwanted pills at several locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All drugs will be accepted with no questions asked.
The last National Take-Back Day in April netted more than 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal.
The last four take-back days combined totaled 774 tons of medication removed from the streets, according to the DEA website.
State Police will accept drop-offs at detachments in South Charleston, Winfield, Hamlin, Spencer, Huntington, Oak Hill, Logan and Beckley.
Residents can drop off drugs at Kanawha sheriff's detachments in St. Albans, Chelyan and Sissonville. Charleston police will be accepting drugs at Foodland in Kanawha City.
Capitol police will accept items at the state Attorney General's Office in the state Capitol Complex. Drugs also can be dropped off at the St. Albans Police Department.
In the outlying areas, Boone sheriff's deputies will be posted at John Slack Park in Racine and the Boone County Courthouse in Madison. Jackson deputies will be accepting items at City Hall in Ripley, at the Kenna Volunteer Fire Department and at Big Lots in Ravenswood.
Items also will be accepted at the Roane and Clay county courthouses, each manned by their sheriff's deputies in Spencer and Clay, respectively. Calhoun deputies will be taking pills at the Calhoun Committee on Aging in Grantsville.
Oak Hill police will accept pills at the Oak Hill Police Department, and Beckley police will accept items at the Raleigh Commission on Aging in Beckley.
Logan deputies will man a post at Walmart at the Fountain Place Mall near Logan. Wyoming deputies are accepting items at Magic Mart in Oceana.
McDowell sheriff's deputies will be manning a post at Walmart in Kimball.
For more locations and exact addresses, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at email@example.com or 304-348-4850.