UPDATE 10/31/2013 12:10 PM
Ohioans get rid of nearly 24,000 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says there were 238 drop off sites in the state during the event Saturday.
The event gives people a chance to safely and responsibly get rid of their unwanted prescription drugs.
"We are grateful that so many Ohioans are actively taking part in the effort to prevent prescription drug abuse," said Attorney General DeWine. "Each and every pill disposed of on Saturday is a pill that will not contribute towards addiction."
UPDATE 10/29/2013 3:20 PM
Nearly 5,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in West Virginia during National Drug Take-Back Day.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says a total of 4,976 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs were collected across the state Saturday, October 26.
That breaks the previous record of 4,642 pounds collected in April 2013.
“Having back-to-back record totals in the same year is remarkable. West Virginians have yet again responded overwhelmingly in our ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse," says Goodwin. "We’ve worked hard over the past several years to make our Take-Back initiative a success. My thanks to the DEA, state and local police, and all the West Virginians who made this result possible.”
There were more than 130 sites throughout the state where people could drop off medication Saturday.
More than 5,100 sites participated nationwide.
The fastest growing drug problem in America isn't meth or bath salts.
It's something we all have in our medicine cabinets.
This Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day.
Law enforcement agencies will collect unused medication and safely dispose of it to prevent potential abuse by people who find it in the trash.
Proper disposal also protects the environment.
"We've been trying to get the word out that prescription drugs have become a motive for thefts, a motive for burglaries, and they've become a lot more prevalent and abused than they were ten years ago," says Capt. Troy Hawkins, with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The DEA says prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a doctor's supervision, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction.
Locations where drugs will be accepted from 10 A.M-2 P.M. Saturday:
Second and Putnam Streets, Marietta
Belpre Senior Center, Washington Boulevard
White Oak Pharmacy, Barlow
Fort Frye High School, Beverly
Buckeye Hills Area on Aging, Ohio Route 7, Reno
Devola Medical Center
Hardware Components, New Matamoras