Drug take back site offered at West Virginia Capitol Complex

September 24, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Capitol Complex will offer a place for people to dispose of unused or expired medications next month as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, officials said.

The new Safe Zone at the bus turnaround next to the Culture Center will serve as a collection site on Oct. 23, a statement from the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security said.

The event helps people safely dispose of medication while also helping prevent prescription drug abuse and theft, the statement said. Liquid medications and needles aren’t accepted at the site, officials said.

The West Virginia Capitol Police and the state attorney general’s office partner to host the site as part of the national initiative.

“Safely disposing of these medications is crucial to limiting supply and ending senseless death in West Virginia,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.