DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


CLARKSBURG — The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, will hold its 23rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this coming Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The annual nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing prescription drugs while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the DEA, rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unneeded medications—those that are old, unwanted or no longer needed—that too often become a gateway to addiction. Working closely with local law enforcement, Take Back Day has removed over 15 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. These efforts are directly in line with DEA’s priority to combat the overdose epidemic in the United States.

Safe disposal of these unused medications is essential to save lives and protect the environment. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed can contaminate the water supply.

Take Back Day is an excellent opportunity for West Virginians to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in their unused or expired prescriptions. All donations are anonymous and safe. Pet medications will also be accepted. 

West Virginians returned over 5,915 pounds of unused medications among 78 collection sites with the help of 46 participating law enforcement agencies in the April Take Back Day event last spring. Currently, 70 active collection sites in West Virginia are registered for Saturday’s event. Please see the list below for your local sites. Locations are listed by county. A complete listing is also available on the DEA’s Take Back Day website https://takebackday.dea.gov/.

Year-round permanent disposal boxes are available at various pharmacies and police departments. The DUMP Opioids Act in 2021 allows the public to use drop boxes at Veterans Administration medical centers to dispose of controlled substance prescription medications. Check with your local VA health facility for more information. To locate a permanent box near you, visit www.WVPreventionSolutions.org/resources or www.Help&Hope.org.

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