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Drug take back day set for April 27

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

HUNTINGTON -- More than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs, and counting, have been turned in to Drug Enforcement Administration officials throughout the United States since it began hosting drug take back days in September 2010.

Nationwide, people will have another chance to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs during the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. During the most recent take back event last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs to more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement agencies.

"The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a great way to prevent diversion, as well as educate the public of the dangers of misusing prescription drugs," Lynn Ormiston, CCSAPP program coordinator, said in a press release. "The process is convenient. People bring their unwanted medications to one of the drop-off locations, and law enforcement officials collect and properly dispose of them. We encourage everyone who has unwanted medications to drop them off at a location near them."

In Cabell County, residents can drop off unused or expired medications at three locations: Ebenezer Medical Outreach/Douglass Center, located at 1448 10th Ave. in Huntington; Milton Pre-K School, located at 1302 West Main St., Milton, which is the former Milton Middle School building; and the West Virginia State Police Detachment located at 3336 U.S. 60 E. in Huntington.

Additional locations in West Virginia include the Kenova Police Department, 1600 Pine St., Kenova; the Lincoln County West Virginia State Police detachment, 8021 Court Ave., Hamlin; the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, 8000 Court Ave., Hamlin; the Hurricane Police Department, 3245 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane; the Putnam County West Virginia State Police detachment, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield; the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, 3389 Winfield Road, Winfield; the Buffalo Police Department, 319 Franklin St., Buffalo; the Mason County Sheriff's Office, 200 6th St., Point Pleasant; and the Logan County West Virginia State Police detachment at 735 Riverview Ave. in Logan.

Other drop-off locations near Huntington include Kentucky State Police Post 14, located at 5975 U.S. 60 in Ashland, and the Gallia County Sheriff's Office, located at 18 Locust St. in Gallipolis, Ohio.

For more information about collection sites, visit www.dea.gov.

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