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W.Va. sets new record in drug take back event

May. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia residents turned in a record number of prescription drugs during Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and U.S. DEA Agent John Ryan announced Tuesday.

During the event, residents throughout the state turned in a total of 4,642 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs to more than 100 sites throughout West Virginia. That number surpassed the previous take-back record of 4,572 pounds, set in April 2012.

Nationwide, more than 5,100 sites participated in the event, and law enforcement officials have collected more than two million pounds of prescription medications since the take-back events began in 2010.