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Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day

PARKERSBURG — Citizens can help cut off a potential supply of illicit drugs by participating Saturday in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“People really don’t realize the dangers, what’s sitting inside your medicine cabinet, if you don’t need it,” said Chief Deputy Mark Warden of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies, wearing personal protective equipment due to the pandemic, will be stationed at seven locations around the county from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday to accept unused prescriptions.

In October 2019, they collected 179 pounds of pills, patches and the like, Warden said. That was an increase of 30 pounds from the previous year.

“When you start looking at the totality, the numbers that are being taken off the streets, this is an awesome, awesome program,” Warden said. “I hope we break the record from last year.”

Multiple sites will be in Wood and other Mid-Ohio Valley counties as well, most of them open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Deputies from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department will be at the Lubeck, Mineral Wells and Waverly volunteer fire departments, while Parkersburg Police are collecting at CVS on Murdoch Avenue. Vienna Police will accept drop-offs at the fire department, while the Williamstown Police Department is operating at its office.

Chief Wood County Deputy Robert Sims said the take back event is beneficial to the community because people may not know how to safely dispose of medication they or a loved one no longer need. In addition to the potential for abuse, flushing drugs into the water system is not good for the environment, he said.

The medications brought in “eventually get turned over to the DEA and it gets incinerated,” Sims said.

Collection sites cannot accept needles or other sharps or liquid medications, Sims said. They can take vape pens and e-cigarettes “as long as the battery packs have been removed,” he said.

This is the 19th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Area Take Back Day Locations

Collection events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted

Wood County

∫ CVS Pharmacy, 2323 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg

∫ Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department, 1340 Harris Highway, Parkersburg

∫ Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department, 1695 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells

∫ Vienna Volunteer Fire Department,609 28th St., Vienna

∫ Waverly Volunteer Fire Department, 15425 Emerson Ave., Waverly

∫ Williamstown Police Department, 100 W. Fifth St., Williamstown

Washington County (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

∫ Belpre Senior Center parking lot, 1614 Washington Blvd., Belpre

∫ Benzer (White Oak) Pharmacy, 8465 State Route 339, Barlow

∫ Buckeye Hills Regional Council/Area Agency on Aging, 1400 Pike St., Marietta

∫ Devola Medical Center parking lot, 4727 State Route 60, Marietta

∫ Fort Frye High School, 420 Fifth St., Beverly

∫ Hardware Components Inc., 1021 Park Ave., New Matamoras

∫ Washington County Courthouse, Second and Putnam streets, Marietta

Athens County

∫ Walmart, 929 E. State St., Athens

Gilmer County

∫ State Police detachment, 4640 WV Highway 5E, Glenville

Jackson County

∫ Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department, 333 Virginia St., Ravenswood

∫ Walmart, 200 Academy Drive, Ripley

Morgan County

∫ Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, 37 East Main St., McConnelsville

Pleasants County

∫ Pleasants County Sheriff’s Department, 305 Barkwill St., St. Marys

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