West Virginia A.G.'s Office "Drug Take Back" Site

Updated 5 years ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that the
Office of the Attorney General will participate in the seventh National
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
near the East Rotunda on the California Street side of the West Virginia
"We are happy to join in this endeavor once again to help rid our state and communities of unwanted prescriptions, as well as unused over-the-counter medication," Attorney General Morrisey said. "We were able to collect 125 pounds of medicine at the Capitol location during the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April; we hope tocollect even more at this event."

Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in West Virginia and
the nation. A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health said
West Virginia had the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the
nation, at nearly 29 overdose deaths per 100,000 people. The report said
the overdose death rate in the state climbed by 605 percent between 1999
and 2010.

Earlier this year, Morrisey established an internal task force within
the Attorney General’s Office to combat substance abuse in West
Virginia. Operating through the Office’s Consumer Protection Division,
the task force currently is developing strategies to tackle substance
abuse from a supply and demand perspective.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration spearheads the Drug
Take-Back Day, which was initially launched in 2010. During the event,
local and state law enforcement agencies collect unused medication and
dispose of it in a safe way that prevents potential abuse and protects
the environment.

"I would encourage everyone to take a look through their medicine
cabinet and clean out any unused, unwanted or expired medications and
bring them to the event," Morrisey said. "Even if the medicine is not
one that typically is 'abused,' it is critical that pills, liquid and
other forms of prescriptions are disposed of properly. Medicine that is
thrown into the trash can be found by people looking to abuse drugs, and
flushing it down the toilet can damage the environment."

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more
than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study
revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain
relievers obtained them through friends or relatives, a statistic that
includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

"Everyone needs to work together to rid our communities of medicine we
no longer need in the right way so it doesn’t end up in the wrong
hands," Morrisey said.

To find a Prescription Drug Take-Back collection site in your
community, go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ and click
on "Locate collection sites."
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