Wheeling’s drug take-back day was a success


A steady stream of people turned out for Drug Take Back Day at the Elm Grove Pharmacy Saturday.

Sponsored by Cardinal Health, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and Elm Grove Pharmacy, it gave people a safe, secure and anonymous way to dispose of expired or unneeded drugs.

Getting drugs out of the house is important, not just to protect the people who live there.

“It’s anybody that comes into your house. If you keep your medication in the medicine cabinet, anybody could come in and take medicine out of your medicine cabinet,” said Kathy Kenney with Cardinal Health. 

“We’ve had a lot of cases that we’ve had to go investigate where visitors come over, relatives, just friends of relatives… They’re in the cabinets looking for stuff,” said Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard. 

Drug Take Back Day is for prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Years ago, people were encouraged to flush their unneeded drugs. Now we know that is bad for the water system.

“The system is not made to get out every microorganism and bacteria and also drugs. When they break down, they’re tested to break down in the digestive system of the human body, not in a filtration system,” said Anthony Martino, owner of the Elm Grove Pharmacy. 

People pull in and drop off their old drugs.

Many people agree to a quick anonymous exit interview.

If you missed Drug Take Back Day, ou can drop off unused drugs at your local police department.

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