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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

U.S. Attorney's Office and DEA announce Prescription Drug Take-Back results for West Virginia

Initiative safely collects over 5,800 pounds of West Virginia's unused prescription drugs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced today that over 5,800 pounds of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs were collected throughout West Virginia as part of the most recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. As a result of the April 30th Take-Back event, participating law enforcement agencies in West Virginia took in a total of 5,876 pounds from citizens and households around the state.

“Prescription drug abuse is an issue that touches all West Virginians,” said Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. “DEA’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events continue to be successful here because all of us want to take an active role in preventing drug abuse. Removing unused prescription medication from the home and properly disposing of it helps keep our communities safer.”

“This event works because of the strong partnerships between DEA and federal, state, and local law enforcement,” said DEA Resident Agent in Charge Suzan Williamson. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day allows us to work together to cut off a significant source of the drug supply. We will continue fighting drug abuse by providing a safe place for West Virginians to get rid of their unused prescription medication.”

As part of DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held in April, there were over 100 collection sites throughout West Virginia for the disposal of unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medication.

Topic(s): 
Community Outreach
Prescription Drugs
Updated May 4, 2016