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Authorities gather prescription drugs

By From staff reports

Authorities received nearly two tons of unwanted prescription medications in the weekend's take-back event.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and John Ryan, acting resident in charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration, said 3,742 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription drugs were collected from citizens and households across the state Saturday.

The take-back was held at 120 locations statewide and ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Residents were able to drop off unwanted, unused or expired drugs with no questions asked. The drugs were incinerated at local hospitals.

"Getting almost two tons of unwanted prescription drugs out of people's medicine cabinets is a huge victory for West Virginia," Goodwin said in a news release. "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."  

He said everyone who participated should be proud.

Ryan called the take-back a success.

"Prescription drug abuse has plagued so many of our communities, and to have citizens voluntarily take prescriptions out of the homes and dispose of them properly truly helps our fight against prescription drug abuse."

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back event held in September was the fifth national event and involved more than 5,100 designated sites nationwide.

The national numbers have not yet been reported but the last take-back event held in April netted 276 tons of unwanted medications. 



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