Drug Take-Back Day slated

PARKERSBURG – Sheriff’s departments in the Mid-Ohio Valley are preparing for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The need for the event is to get area residents to rid medicine cabinets of unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is backing the program this year.

“Prescription drug abuse is plaguing families and communities across West Virginia,” Rockefeller said in a press release. “We can all play a part in stopping this epidemic by participating in Saturday’s Drug Take-Back Day.”

Rockefeller’s office said they urge all West Virginians to take a minute to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of any expired or leftover medicine by dropping them off at one of the various locations to be set up across the state.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office will have three locations to take back prescription drugs from residents. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will have eight stations set up throughout Washington County.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the day, Chief Law Enforcement Deputy Shawn Graham said.

Drop off locations in Wood County are the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia State Police barracks (3828 Staunton Ave., Parkersburg).

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will have eight drop off stations in the county, said Sheriff Larry Mincks.

Drop off locations are Second and Putnam streets in Marietta, the Belpre Senior Center (1614 Washington Blvd), New Matamoras Senior Citizens Center (Carroll Senior Citizen Center on Broadway Street), the IGA at the intersection of Washington County 25 and Ohio 7 and the Buckeye Hills/Area Agency on Aging office in Reno, the shopping center in Barlow.

To check on other locations or see the agencies participating in West Virginia visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.