National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Oct. 27
HUNTINGTON — Though not nearly as many pill mills are active compared with just five years ago, addiction can still very much sprout from a prescription bottle — especially when abused by those other than for whom the prescription was written.
In a continued effort to clear the nation’s medicine cabinets of unwanted or expired prescription drugs before they fall into the wrong hands, the Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at locations across the Tri-State.
Since 2010, Take Back days have yielded nearly 10 million pounds - almost 5,000 tons, nationwide, according to the DEA.
“Disposing of prescription medications decreases pollutants in our water and helps to reduce and prevent the misuse of prescription medications,” said Craig Jankowski, project coordinator at Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership. “Besides this designated day, Cabell County residents should feel free to use the permanent drop boxes located at the Huntington and Milton police departments for these reasons.”
All kinds of medications, from Alka-Seltzer to Oxycodone, will be accepted anonymously with no questions asked. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted. The public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharp objects to take-back sites.
CCSAPP will sponsor a take-back site at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department on Saturday.
Several other law enforcement departments will participate in West Virginia and Kentucky, including Huntington Police, West Virginia State Police, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office, Ceredo Police, Milton Police, Ashland Police, Kentucky State Police, and Hamlin Police.
Nearly 6,000 collection sites are estimated to participate in the take-back Saturday.
Drug take back sites
Local drop-off points for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 27:
• Cabell Huntington Health Department, 703 7th Ave., Huntington.
• West Virginia State Police Huntington Detachment, 3339 U.S. 60, Huntington.
• West Virginia State Police Hamlin Detachment, 8021 Court Ave., Hamlin.
• Drug Emporium, 3 Mall Road, Barboursville.
• Ceredo Police Department, 766 B St., Ceredo.
• Milton Fire Department, 341 E. Main St., Milton.
• Ashland Police Department, 201 17th St., Ashland.
• Kentucky State Police, 5975 U.S. 60, Ashland.
• Hamlin Police Department, 220 Main St., Hamlin.