The latest National Prescription Drug Take-Back event pulled in nearly two and a half tons of unwanted or expired medications, hundreds of pounds more than authorities received in previous events.
Residents turned out in droves to drop off medications they no longer needed or wanted at more than 130 sites around the state.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney for West Virginia's Southern District announced that a total of 4,976 pounds (or 2.48 tons) were collected in a four-hour period on Saturday.
Those numbers surpassed the previous record, set in the April take back event where 4,642 pounds of medication were collected.
"Having back-to-back record totals in the same year is remarkable," U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a prepared statement. "West Virginians have yet again responded overwhelmingly in our ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse. We've worked hard over the past several years to make our Take-Back initiative a success."
Goodwin thanked the DEA and the state and local police who participated in the event and also those residents who turned in medications.
A glimpse at some of the numbers around the area showed that residents were interested in getting rid of the medications they weren't using. Nitro police reported 44.4 pounds collected. St. Albans police collected 77.9 pounds.
More than 86 pounds were dropped at locations operated by the Putnam Sheriff's Department. Putnam also recently opened a permanent drop-off bin at the Winfield headquarters.
The goal of the permanent location is to give residents a place to dump their medications, no questions asked, throughout the year instead of holding on to them and waiting for another take-back event.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, which collected more than 130 pounds at its five detachments, is also working toward a permanent drop-off site, Capt. Sean Crosier said. He said the department was "extremely pleased" with the number of pills taken in.