Prescription medications are nothing bad in themselves. In fact, they're quite helpful for many people suffering from pain or illness.
It's not uncommon for the elderly, those who have been injured or who are experiencing emotional discord to have medications in their homes. It's also not unheard of for these people to hang onto the last few doses of their prescriptions just in case they may need them later. Not a good idea.
In the hands of people who don't need them for any medical purpose, these drugs can be most harmful. There is a risk of an unforeseen reaction as the result of other substances ingested, body weight or medical condition, among others. There's also the potential for addiction, which leads people down a whole other path of behavior including stealing and lying in an attempt to get their "fix."
Keeping unused prescription medications out of circulation is an important step to taking drugs off our streets. This weekend provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Saturday marks the Drug Enforcement Administration's fourth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and several agencies throughout the area are participating. Expired, over-the-counter, discontinued and pet medications will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.
The Randolph County collection site will be at HomePlus on the corner of Buffalo Street and Randolph Avenue from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Tucker County site will be at Community Care Pharmacy in Parsons from 8 a.m. until noon. Additional locations include state police barracks and sheriff's departments in Barbour, Grant, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur counties.
A quick clean of your medicine cabinet and a trip to any of the collection sites will put unused medications where they belong - in proper disposal.