The Ohio County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is holding a prescription drug take back day on Saturday. People can drop off unused or unwanted prescriptions at the Elm Grove Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Anyone is invited to drive up and drop off any unused or expired prescriptions or over the counter medications. Organizers of the event said it’s crucial to lowering the amount of prescription drugs on the streets, and getting them out of the wrong hands.
“It’s a good time for everybody to clean out their medicine cabinets, and just come down and drop them off, they don’t even have to get out of the car, roll on through, drop them off and be on your way. It’s a convenient location for everybody,” said project coordinator Martha Polinsky.
The event happens twice a year. You are able to remove your name from the labels and are advised to bring any liquids in a leak-proof container. No needles will be accepted.
There are a number of locations in Ohio County that accept unused and unwanted prescriptions at any time. The Wheeling Police Department is one location where people can drop off the pharmaceuticals at any hour. They can also be dropped off at the Triadelphia Police Department from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Bethlehem Police Department from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The diversion of prescription opiates is important in lowering the supply that reaches teenagers and young adults. Getting rid of the unused and unwanted prescriptions lowers the chance teens can take the prescription drugs from a medicine cabinet.
West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the country, and reducing access is an important step in lowering that statistic.