The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

April 24, 2014

Take-back day

So where do kids get their first taste of experimenting with drugs?

A school playground, or a dark alley off a downtown city street?

Probably out of their family’s bathroom cabinets.

This Saturday is drug take-back day across the nation, the eighth time the event has been held.

It aims to get unused prescription drugs out of the home and into the hands of law enforcement so those drugs can be destroyed, not abused.

Here in West Virginia, the response to National Drug Take Back Day has been strong, as befits our growing recognition that the drug scourge here must be fought by all of us in southern West Virginia.

Last year, folks in the state didn’t hold back, turning in a record haul of 4,642 pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medications.

“In order to build strong, drug-free communities, we need to continue working together as a community,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday. “I urge all West Virginians from every corner of the state to locate their nearest drop-off location and clean out their medicine cabinets this Saturday.”

Let’s get this done again this year. Here are the locations where you can drop off these unwanted prescription drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The drugs will be destroyed by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency:

— Fayette County: State Police will accept medications at the detachment at 3057 Main St. in Oak Hill.

— Greenbrier County: The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office will accept medications at the Greenbrier County Courthouse, 200 Court St. in Lewisburg and at the Sheriff’s Office Detachment, 506 Nicholas St., in Rupert. The sheriff’s office also keeps a drug take-back box in the courthouse.  

— Monroe County: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office keeps a drug take-back box in the Monroe County Courthouse, 350 Main Street, in Union. Residents can use the box during normal courthouse business hours.

— Raleigh County: Beckley Police will take medications at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 S. Kanawha St. State Police will accept medications at the Beckley Detachment, 105 Pinecrest Drive, in Beckley. An area of the parking lot will be roped off  for drop-offs at the Kroger store at 1734 Harper Road, Beckley. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office keeps a drug take-back box inside the sheriff’s office at 201 S. Eisenhower Drive, Beckley. Residents can use this during normal business hours.  

— Summers County: The Hinton Police Department will accept medications at Kroger, 308 Stokes Drive, in Hinton.

— Wyoming County: The Mullens Police Department will accept medications at Rite Aid Pharmacy, 410 Moran Ave. in The Oceana Police Department will take back drugs at  Magic Mart, Route 971, in Oceana Square in Oceana.

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