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National Drug Take Back Day Event April 24 In Wheeling

FILE - In this June 15, 2018 file photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Those looking to dispose of expired prescription drugs will have their chance to get rid of them April 24 at locations around Ohio County.

The Community Impact Coalition, the Wheeling Police Department and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office are coming together to sponsor a Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24 at the Elm Grove Pharmacy at 102 E. Bethlehem Blvd., Elm Grove, and at the Mount de Chantal Kroger, at 200 Mount de Chantal Road, Wheeling.

Volunteers and law enforcement personnel will be on hand to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration can take only pills or patches, not liquids, needles or sharps. The service is free and anonymous.

Studies show that most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. During the National Drug Take Back in October, more than 492 tons were collected nationwide.

Those who miss the April 24 event can also stop by a local permanent prescription drug drop box 24 hours a day at the Wheeling Police Department, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Triadelphia Police Department and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bethlehem Police Department.

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