This year's annual National Prescription Drug Takeback Day will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Community Care Pharmacy located within the DirectCare of Parsons facility.
Event organizers explain that many Americans are unaware of the dangers of using or just possessing unused prescription medication. Not only do prescription drugs account for more accidental deaths in West Virginia than automobile accidents, but keeping these drugs after use can also make citizens targets for theft. In addition, the previous practice of flushing unused medications has proven dangerous for the environment, wildlife and water filtration systems.
To participate in the Takeback Day, people simply should bring medications to the drop-off site. They should also leave medication in its original container and remove personal information, but leave prescription information on bottle. No illegal drugs, needles or syringes will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
In response to the alarming rate of prescription drug abuse and misuse, the Drug Enforcement Agency sponsors this national level Takeback Day, to collect any unused, expired or unwanted medications for proper disposal or destruction.
The local project is also sponsored by TCdrugfree, the Tucker County FRN, the Tucker County Sheriff's Office and Davis Health System.
For more information contact Stephanie Murphy or April Miller at 304-478-3827 or go to the DEA website at www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.