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Record Drug Take Back Day

By: Todd Baucher, Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Todd Baucher, Stanley Jefferson Email

Updated: 5/01/2013 5:45 P.M.

The popularity of National Drug Take Back Day keeps growing.

Last Saturday, at more than 5,100 locations nationwide, millions of people took part in throwing out their old and expired medications.

In Washington County, a record 214 pounds of old medications were collected, good enough for second place among Ohio counties.

The idea is to make sure those unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs don't fall into the wrong hands.

"We've had some very sad stories about young people in their teens, who get into medicine cabinets and really do not know the effect," Sheriff Larry Mincks said Wednesday. "They take some, and overdoses and sometimes fatalities do occur."

Final figures for Wood County aren't available yet, but more than 4,600 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription drugs have been collected at more than 100 sites throughout West Virginia.

And that, too, is a record.

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Keeping drugs off the streets and away from kids.

That's the mission for the Memorial Health System as they held their Medication Take Back Day Saturday afternoon.

With the help of officers from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, members of the Health System emptied out bottles of pills and put them in bags.

People even drove by to drop off any expired, unused or unwanted medications.

In the past, over 150 pounds of pills have been collected.

"It's nice to see a lot of smiling faces that pull in here that are more than happy to give us these because we know we gonna do the right things with them rather than you know, someone breaks in their house and takes it," says Washington County Sheriff Deputy J.M. White.

Belpre Senior Center, White Oak Pharmacy and Fort Frye High School were among the drug drop off locations.


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