Drug take-back event sets record

PARKERSBURG – Another record was set for the drug take-back program last week in West Virginia, officials said.

According to reports released by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Wood County residents returned 502 pounds of unwanted prescription medication collected on April 26, said Chief Deputy Shawn Graham.

“It took us a while to get all of the numbers totaled,” Graham said.

In Washington County, Sheriff Larry Mincks reported 177 pounds of drugs recovered during drug take-back on April 26.

“This is up from our numbers in the past,” Mincks said. “It was a fairly successful day.”

Overall, West Virginia agencies collected 6,211 pounds of prescription drugs, said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin for the Southern District of West Virginia.

“The last three take-backs have each resulted in record totals of prescription medications collected. This breaks our old record by more than half a ton,” Goodwin said. “Most of all, I want to thank the citizens of West Virginia, who’ve stepped up in tremendous fashion to keep their unwanted prescription medicines out of the wrong hands.”

More than 125 collection sites were available throughout West Virginia, Goodwin said.

Ohio reported collecting 28,466 pounds, a press release from the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said on Thursday.

“We are grateful to everyone who safely disposed of their unneeded pills last weekend, because now, 14 tons of pills that could have ended up in the wrong hands will never have the opportunity to be abused or misused,” DeWine said.