The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Collection boxes are set up and prescription medications that are unwanted, unused, or expired may be dropped in the boxes, no questions asked.
Collection sites in the coalfields include Walmart Supercenter at the Fountain Place Mall, the Boone County Courthouse Parking Lot, Hamlin Town Hall, Walgreens in Oceana, Walgreens in Pineville, West Virginia State Police Wayne Detachment, Walgreens in Mullens, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, and West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment.
Last October, more than 6,300 pounds of prescription medication was collected in the state of West Virginia.