CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officials will hold another prescription take-back day to help residents unload their unwanted used prescriptions and combat the growing pill abuse epidemic.
Residents have turned in thousands of pounds in unwanted and expired drugs all over the state. The program is open to everyone, and no questions are asked.
Officers from local and state agencies will man drop-off sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Officers will take pills, capsules, patches or liquids. Liquids must be brought in their original containers. Officers ask that personal information be removed from bottles.
The National Take-Back Initiative is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration to help curb drug abuse and clean the environment.
Authorities say flushing medicine down the toilet increases the amount of chemicals needed to treat wastewater to make it safe for consumption.
The drugs received Saturday will be incinerated.
Drop-off sites will be at local State Police detachments; the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department's detachments in Sissonville, St. Albans, and Chelyan; the Nitro Police Department; the St. Albans Police Department; the Hurricane Police Department; the Winfield Police Department and the Buffalo Police Department.
Charleston police will accept medication at the Kanawha City Foodland.
For more information on the program or to search for other drop off sites in the area, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/