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GOODWIN URGES WEST VIRGINIANS TO JOIN PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK ON SATURDAY

Saturday’s event is the sixth national prescription drug collection of its kind

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - United States Attorney Booth Goodwin today asked West Virginians to reach into their home medicine cabinets and pull out any unused, unwanted or expired prescriptions and turn them in at a drop-off site as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, May 27, 2013.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  More than 100 locations across the state will serve as designated drop-off sites for Saturday’s event.   

“Prescription drug abuse remains a terribly serious problem in West Virginia and around the country,” U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said. “For many people, especially teenagers, the road to addiction starts with pills they find in their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets.  Worse than that, our region has seen a wave of terrifying home invasions by prescription drug addicts looking for pills or for money to buy pills.”

Goodwin continued, “Our previous Take-Back events have been striking successes.  This ongoing initiative has played an important role in fighting prescription drug abuse.  I urge everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off unneeded medications at a take-back site on Saturday the 27th.” 
Saturday’s Take-Back event provides an opportunity for people who missed previous events, or who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs since the last Take-Back, to safely dispose of those medications. 

In the five previous Take-Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration and numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications nationwide.

For more information about take-back locations in West Virginia, please visit www.dea.gov and follow the link for National Prescription Take-Back Day.

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