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Drug Take Back Day Is Saturday

Have unused, unneeded prescription medication hanging out in your medicine cabinet? Responsible people want to make sure they do the right thing in disposing of those items, and it is not always easy to decide how to do that. But this weekend is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day — a perfect opportunity to clean out the cabinet and make a difference.

Law enforcement organizations and substance abuse prevention groups across the state will be taking part in the event — including our own Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and Wheeling Police Department, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Drop-off sites in Wheeling are at the Elm Grove Pharmacy and Kroger on Mount De Chantal Road.

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey knows how important the event is for our state, and will have representatives at several of the collection points.

“I encourage anyone who has unused or unwanted prescription medications to participate in this important event so we can get potentially dangerous drugs off the streets,” Morrisey said. “Take Back Day has the potential to both reduce diversion of prescription opioids and help identify overprescribing in our state. Every container of unused, unwanted and expired medication has the potential of falling into the wrong hands, so safely disposing of these medications is crucial to limiting supply and ending senseless death in West Virginia.”

Morrisey makes a good point about keeping track of just how much prescribed opioid medication is — still — not medically necessary. The numbers could serve as a good reminder our fight is not over.

Meanwhile, take advantage of the opportunity Saturday, folks. You will be doing something good for yourselves and our communities.


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