Dispose of your unused prescriptions

According to a national survey from the Drug Enforcement Agency, in 2018 9.9 million Americans reported they misused controlled prescription drugs.

The majority of the time, those prescription drugs were obtained from family or friends, often without their knowledge.

To help combat this, Saturday has been set aside as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an opportunity for Americans to get rid of their unused prescriptions which otherwise might be cluttering their medicine cabinets, before they fall into the wrong hands.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dedicated sites will be available for those who want a safe and controlled location to dispose of their pharmaceuticals.

Locally, those include the Weirton Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Follansbee Police Department, Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and Chester Police Department. The Steubenville Police Department will have collection sites at the Kroger and Wal-Mart stores in that city, and the Wintersville Police Department will be set up at the Value Leader Pharmacy.

This will be the 18th Drug Take Back Day held nationwide, and the program continues to show results.

During the Take Back held in October 2018, 4,770 law enforcement departments across the country participated, with 5,839 collection sites and more than 914,000 pounds on pharmaceuticals collected.

A collection held in April of this year had 4,969 law enforcement divisions participate at 6,258 sites and gathering 937,443 pounds of prescription drugs.

In addition, some law enforcement agencies provide a year-round program to assist residents who do not wish to wait for a specific collection day.

We encourage our area residents to do what they can to address this portion of the nation’s drug crisis, and use this opportunity to dispose of any unused prescriptions they may still have.


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