Last updated: October 23. 2013 7:38AM - 2017 Views
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Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter wants everyone in Logan County to clean out their medicine cabinets Saturday, October 26, 2013, to take part in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in West Virginia and the nation. A recent report by the Trust for America’s Health said West Virginia had the highest drug overdose mortality rate in the nation, at nearly 29 overdose deaths per 100,000 people. The report said the overdose death rate in the state climbed by 605 percent between 1999 and 2010.

This is the 7th National Prescription Take-Back Day sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. During the event, local and state law enforcement agencies collect unused medication and dispose of it in a safe way that prevents potential abuse and protects the environment. It’s a one day, free and anonymous way to get rid of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Earlier this year, W.Va. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey established an internal task force within the Attorney General’s Office to combat substance abuse in West Virginia. Operating through the Office’s Consumer Protection Division, the task force currently is developing strategies to tackle substance abuse from a supply and demand perspective.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look through their medicine cabinet and clean out any unused, unwanted or expired medications and bring them to the event,” Morrisey said. “Even if the medicine is not one that typically is ‘abused,’ it is critical that pills, liquid and other forms of prescriptions are disposed of properly. Medicine that is thrown into the trash can be found by people looking to abuse drugs, and flushing it down the toilet can damage the environment.”

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers obtained them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.

“Everyone needs to work together to rid our communities of medicine we no longer need in the right way so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands,” Morrisey said.

Please bring the medications to the Fountain Place Mall and look for the Logan County Shreiff’s Department Command Post in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot.

Intra-venous (IV) solutions, injectable medications and needles will not be accepted.

For more information, call the Logan County Sheriff’s Department at 304-792-8590.

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