Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday at locations around the area where people can bring in their unused medications for disposal.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said the program is important to both the local community and to local law enforcement.

”It helps remove the temptation for those looking and seeking pills,” Martin said. ”It helps eliminate crime by diminishing home entries for people looking for drugs.

”It also helps prevent young adults and children from experimenting with drugs. It is a two-fold solution.”

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, DEA officials said. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths, officials said. People will be able to bring their unused pills for disposal to designated sites in the area.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Local drop-off sites are:

∫ The CVS Pharmacy at 2323 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg – the Parkersburg Police Department

∫ The Belpre Senior Center parking lot at 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre – the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

∫ West Virginia State Police – Parkersburg Detachment at 3828 Staunton Turnpike, Parkersburg

∫ The Vienna Police Department and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department at 609 28th St., Vienna

∫ The Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department at 1340 Harris Highway, Parkersburg – the Wood County Sheriff’s Department

∫ The Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department at 1695 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells – the Wood County Sheriff’s Department

∫ The Waverly Volunteer Fire Department at 15425 Emerson Ave., Waverly – the Wood County Sheriff’s Department

∫ The Williamstown Police Department at 100 West 5th St., Williamstown

∫ White Oak Pharmacy parking lot at 8465 Ohio 339, Vincent – the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

∫ The front of the Marietta Wal-Mart Store at 804 Pike St., Marietta – the Marietta Police Department

∫ The Washington County Sheriff’s Office at the corner of 2nd Street and Putnam Street, Marietta

∫ Washington County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division at 309 4th St., Marietta – 24-hour drop box in lobby

∫ Devola Medical Center parking lot at 4727 Ohio 60, Marietta – the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

∫ Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging parking lot on Newport Pike, Reno – the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

∫ Wirt County Sheriff’s Department at the Wirt County Courthouse, Elizabeth

∫ Phillips Pharmacy at 329 2nd St., St Marys – Pleasants County Sheriff’s Department

∫ Fort Frye High School parking lot at 420 5th St., Beverly – the Washington County Sheriff’s Department

∫ West Virginia State Police – St. Marys Detachment at 1313 2nd St., St. Marys

∫ Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department at 333 Virginia St., Ravenswood – the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

∫ Hardware Components Inc. at 1021 Park Ave., New Matamoras – the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.