Got unused, unnecessary prescription drugs lying around in your medicine cabinet? Responsible people want to make sure they are doing the right thing by getting rid of these items, and it is not always easy to decide how to do it. But this weekend is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – a perfect opportunity to clean up the cabinet and make a difference.
Law enforcement agencies and drug prevention groups across the state will participate in the event, including our own Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. [[Oct. 23]].
State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey knows how important the event is to our state and will have representatives at several of the collection points (another of which is the new “safe zone” of the Capitol Complex near the cultural center on Greenbrier and Washington streets in Charleston).
“I encourage everyone with unused or unwanted prescription drugs to participate in this important event so that we can get potentially dangerous drugs off the streets,” Morrisey said. “Take Back Day has the potential to both reduce prescription opioid diversion and help identify overprescribing in our state. Every container of unused, unwanted and expired drugs has the potential to fall into the wrong hands, so disposing of these drugs safely is crucial to limiting the supply and ending the senseless death in West Virginia.
Morrisey makes a good point about keeping track of how much opioid medication is prescribed that is still not medically necessary. The numbers could serve as a good reminder that our fight is not over.
In the meantime, take the opportunity on Saturday, folks. You will do something good for yourself and our communities.