According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, April’s drug take-back event was a great success. Over more than 5,800 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were returned by people from the entire West Virginia.
On April 30th, citizens had the chance to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted drugs. It meant that more than 100 of the participating agencies received a total of 5,876 pounds of pills.
Carol Casto, U.S attorney, announced that this event was a success thanks to everyone’s attendance. Even if drug abuse has reached West Virginia, the DEA’s efforts of organizing these events have paid off.
More and more people started to play an active role in the fight against drug abuse. This abuse will be even better prevented after this medication take-back day. Fortunately, all communities are now safer.
This program has restarted in September 2015 after it was previously canceled in 2014. It has already nine years of success, and it will hopefully be at least as successful in the following years. Joe Manchin, Shelley Moore Capito, and other lawmakers were the ones who brought their contribution to the reinstatement of this initiative.
The collected drugs will be taken the DEA and incinerated to prevent them from ending up in the water system. During the past five years, the DEA has already collected an impressive amount of 5.5 million pounds, meaning 2,762 tons of unused prescription drugs.
According to Steve Borsman, West Virginia State Trooper, the drug take-back event is one of the most important weapons against the opioid addiction which has widely spread in Cabell County.
She stated that children will be more protected now against drug abuse, as they will no longer have access to their parents’ medication cabinets.
Eight Tri-State locations participated in this year’s program in a four-hour time slot when all unneeded medications were taken. Volunteers from various organizations and local police departments participated in this program.
According to the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership director, Michelle Perdue, despite the fact that people are not able to attend the drug take-back event, they should not throw the medications into the sink or the toilet because they will contaminate the water system. Best would be to stack them as there are permanent drop-off sites where they can dispose of the drugs.