CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) – Across West Virginia and across the country, officials and organizations will be at collection sites for National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday.
Coordinated by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Take Back Day is a biannual event that allows citizens to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.
More than 80 sites in West Virginia are expected to participate in the event, according to DEA reports.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said the event can benefit the state in several ways.
“I encourage everyone with unused or unwanted prescription drugs to participate in this important event so that we can get potentially dangerous drugs off the streets,” Morrisey said. “Take Back Day has the potential to both reduce prescription opioid diversion and help identify overprescribing in our state.
“Every container of unused, unwanted and expired drugs has the potential to fall into the wrong hands.
Representatives from the Morrisey office will attend events in Monongalia and Kanawha counties.
US Senator Joe Manchin also called on West Virginia to participate.
“Medication Take Back Day is an effective program that raises awareness of the dangers of remaining prescriptions and protects our communities by giving West Virginia the ability to safely dispose of medications that may be misused. Tackling the drug epidemic that continues to ravage our state is one of my top priorities, and common sense initiatives like Medication Take Back Day are a good step, ”said Manchin. “I encourage West Virginia to visit the Drug Elimination Day website to find a Drug Elimination Day drop-off location tomorrow, October 23.”
A search tool for finding Drug Take Back Day locations nationwide is available on the DEA Drug Take Back Day website: https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
Sites in and around north central West Virginia include:
• Philippi Detachment of the WV State Police, 17 Bear Run Road, Philippi
• Braxton County Courthouse (front), 300 Main Street, Sutton
• West Virginia State Police Detachment Sutton, 1259 Dyer Hill Road, Sutton
• Doddridge County Sheriff’s Office, 135 West Court Street, West Union
• Glenville WV State Police Detachment, 4640 WV Highway SE, Glenville
• Bridgeport West Virginia State Police Detachment, 2350 Murphys Run Road, Bridgeport
• Walgreens, 505 Rosebud Avenue, Clarksburg
• Wal-Mart, Eastpointe Shopping Center, 550 Emily Drive, Clarksburg
• Clarksburg Police Department, 222 West Main Street, Clarksburg
• Weston Police Department, 102 West 2 nd Street, Weston
• Weston WV State Police Detachment, 86 Glady Fork Road, Weston
• Fairmont Police Department, 500 Quincy Street, Fairmont
• Kroger, 500 Suncrest Town Center, Morgantown
• Kroger, 350 Patterson Drive, Morgantown
• Kroger, 1851 Earl L Core Road, Morgantown
• Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, 116 Walnut Street, Morgantown
• Mon General Hospital, 1200 JD Anderson Drive, Morgantown
• Pierpont Landing Pharmacy, 7000 Mid Atlantic Drive, Morgantown
• The village at Heritage Point, 1 Heritage Point Road, Morgantown
• WV State Police – Morgantown Detachment, 3453 Mon Blvd, Morgantown
• WVU Police Department, 992 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown
• West Virginia State Police Elkins / Beverly Detachment, 5190 Beverly Pike, Beverly
• Grafton Fire Department, 1 West Main Street, Grafton
• Parsons WV State Police Detachment, 9105 Seneca Trail, Hambleton