October Take-Back event a record in W.Va.

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

November 12, 2013

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration nearly 2.5 tons of prescription drugs were collected during the Oct. 26 Prescription Drug Take-Back event.

This amount surpassed the first Prescription Drug Take-Back event held in April when 4,642 pounds of prescription drugs were collected.

According to Logan County Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter, collection was down slightly on October 26 from the April event when a little over 70 pounds was turned in.

“Logan County turned in to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department 59 pounds of unwanted prescription medication,” Porter said. “We had a really good day. I think Logan County is stepping up and making a change.”

Porter said she believed area residents understand that drugs should be disposed of safely.

“Folks are beginning to understand that you don’t flush them and don’t throw them away where some child can get them or get into our environment,” Porter said.

Porter says the sheriff’s department will accept unwanted prescription drugs all year.

“We work with the DEA and take them her at the office,” Porter said. “They are held in a special box that is locked. When we have a take-back event, the drugs are then combined and sent to the DEA.”

The October Take-Back designated more than 130 sites throughout West Virginia, providing citizens with numerous locations to drop off expired, unused and unwanted medications. Nationwide, more than 5,100 sites participated.

In the six previous Take-Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration, working jointly with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications nationwide.