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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stuart Encourages West Virginians to Participate in DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

15th National Prescription Drug Collection Event Scheduled for Saturday, April 28th from 10:00am to 2:00pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart is encouraging everyone to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 28, 2018.  The event, held from 10:00am to 2:00pm , provides an opportunity for people to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications.  The service is free and anonymous. 

“Unused prescription medication sitting in a medicine cabinet is an invitation for abuse or worse,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “I urge all West Virginians to be smart and take part in Saturday’s Take-Back event to avoid a potential nightmare of abuse or accidental overdose.”

As a result of the 14 previous National Take Back events, DEA and its law enforcement partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds – more than 4,500 tons – of pills.

“DEA is committed to the citizens of West Virginia,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Gourley. “This program allows citizens to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted or expired medications with no questions asked. DEA will then dispose of these medications in a safe manner.” 

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Updated April 26, 2018