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DEA hosting take-back initiative for unused pills

Sep. 02, 2010 @ 11:55 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, in connection with local and state authorities, will be working this month to take back unused or expired prescription drugs.

The initiative is designed to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from medicine cabinets across the nation, according to a DEA release.

Tri-State residents can surrender their expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25. There will be three local drop-off points -- Ebenezer Medical Outreach at 1448 10th Ave. in Huntington; the West Virginia State Police detachment at 3339 U.S. 60 East in Huntington; and the Kenova Volunteer Fire Department at 1600 Pine St. in Kenova.

The DEA says its one-day effort is intended to bring a national focus to the issue of prescription drug abuse.

The program is anonymous. Prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage units are accepted, such as tablets and capsules.

Marijuana, methamphetamine, intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted.

Participating local and state agencies are the West Virginia State Police, Huntington Police Department and the Kenova Department of Public Safety.

For more information, visit www.dea.gov.

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