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U.S. Attorney encourages safe drug disposal

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - U.S. Attorney Bill Powell is encouraging residents across the Northern District of West Virginia to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medications and vaping products at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Take Back Day this weekend.

Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event, in its ninth year, offers a safe way to rid homes of unwanted and unused medications, preventing them from falling into the wrong hands. 
Starting with this October’s campaign, collection sites will now accept vaping devices and cartridges – in addition to tablets, capsules, patches, and other medications in solid forms – at any of its drop off locations. DEA is doing all it can to help dispose safely of vaping devices and liquids to get these products off our streets and out of the hands of children.

In April the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day collected nearly 940,000 pounds – or 469 tons – of prescription drugs, more than twice the weight of the Statue of Liberty. 

In 2018, nearly 1,000 West Virginians died because of a drug overdose, with 82% of those deaths involving an opioid. 

The find the nearest collection site, go to

Updated October 25, 2019

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