Drug drop-off day aims to squash abuse

Local - 4/25/2014 6:14 PM by Stuart Hammer

LEWISBURG – Prescription drug abuse rages on nation-wide, but officials are trying to nip the problem in the bud.

National prescription drug take-back day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Locations around West Virginia, including the courthouse in Lewisburg, will collect expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

This is an effort from law enforcement to get drugs out of medicine cabinets and off the streets.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says the epidemic of drug abuse in the state isn’t slowing down.

“Nowhere has been harder hit than Southern West Virginia, in terms of prescription drug abuse. We're in our eighth time now, (we thought) that we'd start seeing a drop-off in the amount of drugs that we've taken back each time. But that trend has just gone up and up and up.”

For more information on Saturday’s drop-off locations around the state visit DEA.gov.


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