WILLIAMSON – Local law enforcement agencies have registered to participate in the National Drug Take-Back Initiative from 10 a.m to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
In Mingo County, the Williamson Police Department and the Matewan Police Department have registered to participate in the event.
On April 30, 2016 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate and facilitate the 11th National Drug Take-Back Initiative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies.
This event will provide another opportunity for the public to surrender dispensed pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
This will result in the removal of potentially dangerous controlled substances and other unused, unwanted expired pharmaceutical preparations from our communities’ homes.
Unused and expired medications have become a significant public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
Since the first National Drug Take-Back Initiative in 2010, the DEA has disposed of more than 5.5 million pounds of pharmaceutical medications.
The last drug take-back event was held on Sept. 26, 1025. On that date, the effort across the nation resulted in the collection of more than 351 tons of pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for safe and proper disposal. In W.Va., 68 agencies collected over 6,880 pounds at 123 Take- Back sites.
Agencies participating in the event will collect at their agencies from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The community sites will be staffed by arm law enforcement officers. Collection boxes and materials will be provided to participating agencies. Surrendered pharmaceuticals will be collected and submitted to DEA personnel for destruction at the conclusion of the event.
The destruction of the surrendered materials will be handled by the DEA in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
For more information about the National Drug Take-Back Initiative or to find agencies in Mingo County that have registered to participate in the egvent visit www.dea.gov.