The Office of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will partner with the Division of Protective Services to participate in the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol.
The federal Drug Enforcement Administration spearheads the Drug Take-Back Day, which was initially launched in 2010. Local and state law enforcement agencies collect unused medication and dispose of it in a safe way that prevents potential abuse and protects the environment.
"I would encourage everyone to take a look through their medicine cabinet and clean out any unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions and bring them to the event," Morrisey said. "Even if the medicine is not one that typically is 'abused,' it is critical that pills, liquid and other forms of prescriptions are disposed of properly. Medicine that is thrown into the trash can be found by people looking to abuse drugs, and flushing it down the toilet can damage the environment."Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in West Virginia and the nation. Between 1990 and 2008, the most recent year available, the rate of death from prescription drug overdose has more than tripled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.