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DEA's Drug Take-Back Program Helps Clean Up State
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 28, 2013 @ 2:51PM
Created on April 27, 2013 @ 5:46PM
Until recently, people were told to flush their old medications down the toilet to get rid of them, but now guidelines say people should take their medications to a community take-back program.

Flushing medicine down the toilet can cause problems in the environment and our home state is especially prone to pharmaceutical abuse. That's why the Bridgeport and Clarksburg Police Departments were collecting old prescription drugs as a part of the DEA's National Take-Back Program. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, people could come and drop off their expired or unused medicines. Officials said this program is a good way to safely get rid of any drugs.
 
Lieutenant D.K. Belter of the Bridgeport Police Department said, "The citizens and the surrounding area seem to take this serious and know that it's a problem, not only for the environment, but also for the abuse of drugs too, to get them out of their houses, so they're not victims of burglaries or breaking and entering, anything like that."

Other officials said this program has helped bring awareness to the issue.
 
Deputy Chief of the Clarksburg Police Department James Chamberlain said, "Awareness has gotten better each year because it seems that we seem to be taking on more prescriptions. They seem to come in for these take-back days."

If you missed the Drug Take Back Program, you can get more information about getting rid of your old medications by calling the West Virginia Rivers Coalition at 304-637-7201.

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