He said the project has been in the works for several weeks. The department is "tying up some loose ends" and is "very close" to setting up the collection bin, he said.
"It's going to help two problems," Crosier said. "It'll most definitely cut down on some of the thefts of medication and keep people from polluting the water supply.
"We get medication reported stolen every day and some are legitimate and some aren't. But some of those reports may have been prevented if the person could have disposed of the drugs instead of leaving them laying around."
He said that's not every case. In some cases the victims are long-term medication users and the suspects know that and target them.
The plans for the collection bin are not yet finalized but the captain said the sheriff's department would dispose of the drugs periodically, as they do with drugs seized by deputies.
"We know that medication abuse is at an all-time high here in West Virginia and if we can do anything to prevent that, whether it's taking in unused drugs or what, then we need to do that," Crosier said.
There have been six take-back events over the last few years and Suzan Williamson, DEA resident agent in charge for the state, said the seventh was a success.
"When people take unwanted and expired prescriptions out of their homes and dispose of them properly, it immeasurably helps our fight against prescription drug abuse," Williamson said.
There were more than 5,100 sites nationwide for Saturday's event. The DEA reported that authorities and partners had collected more than 2 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications in the last six nationwide events.
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