Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 28, 2012

Drug Take-Back Day — Local participation encouraged

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— Given the region’s rampant prescription drug abuse problem, we are encouraged to see that local law enforcement officers across southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia are participating in the second national “Prescription Drug Take Back Day” this Saturday.

The event is designed to allow residents to safely dispose of leftover prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Drop-off locations will allow residents to dispose of expired, unexpired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other unwanted medications that may still be sitting in one’s medicine cabinet. Law enforcement officials will, in return, properly dispose of the controlled substances.

A number of local Drug Take-Back Day locations have been announced for the region.

In Mercer County, the drop-off location for Saturday’s event is the West Virginia State Police barracks at 910 Oakvale Road in Princeton. A year-round drop-off box for unwanted prescription medication also is now available inside the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton. The year-round drop-off site will be available during normal courthouse operating hours, and is a project of Community Connections.

 In McDowell County, a drop -off site for the McDowell County Sheriff’s Department will be held at Walmart in Kimball.  In Tazewell County, drop-off locations include the Olde Virginia Pharmacy on Fincastle Turnpike in Cedar Bluff, Food City at the Claypool Hill Mall,  and the Bluefield Virginia Town Hall offices.

In Bland County, the local drop-off site is  the Bland County Courthouse on Main Street in Bland. The drop-off site in Buchanan County is Food City in Grundy, and the Giles County location is the Pearisburg Community Center on Wenonah Avenue in Pearisburg.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, a record-breaking 552,161 pounds, or 276 tons, of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for safe and proper disposal at 5,659 take-back sites during the first National Drug Take-Back Day last April.  

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart says 4,268 agencies have already registered to participate in Saturday’s event.

Residents across the region with unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication sitting in their medicine cabinet or other locations are urged to participate in Saturday’s event. By properly disposing of such unwanted prescription drugs, we are ensuring that the medication doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

That’s why all area families should take a few minutes to clean out their medicine cabinets of unwanted and unused prescription narcotics.

This simple act will help to ensure that the drugs do not fall into the hands of a drug dealer, or worse yet, a small child or family member who may accidentally come across or worse-yet consume the unused medication.