Drug Take-Back day was a record-setting day in West Virginia. The Saturday effort collected 4,642 pounds unused prescription drugs at various sites across the state.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says the previous record was last year when 4,572 pounds of drugs were dropped off.
“This year’s record total is another milestone in the fight against prescription drug abuse,” Goodwin said in a prepared statement. ”West Virginians understand how devastating the prescription drug problem is for our families, and they’re responding in the most effective way they can: by getting rid of potentially dangerous medicine that they don’t need any more.”
There were more than 100 drop-off locations across the state. U.S. DEA Resident Agent in Charge John Ryan says prescription drug abuse has plagued many West Virginia communities.
“When people voluntarily take prescriptions out of their homes and dispose of them properly, it truly helps our fight against prescription drug abuse. I commend all of the federal, state and local partners in West Virginia for their assistance, which has made this sixth Take-Back a success,” Ryan said.