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Drug Take Back Day Set For Saturday

Reported: Apr. 25, 2014 10:36 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 25, 2014 11:23 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Some people think dropping off old prescriptions is just cleaning out their medicine cabinets. But for police, this Drug Take Back Day is actually helping them clean up the streets.

"When prescription drugs are unused and it's kept in their house, it's often an opportunity to steal or abuse those drugs," Brian Humphreys, with Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, said.

And with hopes to alleviate those problems, police departments across West Virginia will participate in the 8th Annual Drug Take Back Day collecting unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office will set up drop off points at five locations in Cross Lanes, Elkview, St. Albans, Sissonville, and Chelyan.

"They're spread out throughout the county so people have a place that's convenient, somewhat close to home," Humphreys said.

State leaders, such as U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are backing law enforcement with their move to take drugs off the streets and out of homes.

"We are not only helping to combat drug abuse, but we are also spreading awareness of this critical issue that affects so many West Virginians and Americans," Manchin said.

"I know there's a drug problem in Charleston," Darrin Crosier of Charleston. "Everybody's getting kicked out of school always. Just kind of the way it is around here, you know."

More than 50 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in Kanawha County so far in 2014.

But with this statewide movement Saturday, Humphreys hopes the impact will be bigger.

"I think that works out better for the addicts," Humphreys said. "I think it works out better for the people that would be the victims of a crime to get those drugs. It works out better for everybody in society to have a place where lawful citizens can take the excess drugs they were prescribed and have a place to drop them off to get them out of their hands."

The statewide drug take back event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find the closest site to you at: http://goo.gl/fvVKVw

Also Kanawha and Putnam County have permanent drug drop boxes at their sheriff's office.



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