New program introduced to safely dispose of opioids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Governor Justice announced a new program today that he says will be a step forward in the battle against drug abuse.

Justice met with officials from UnitedHealthcare and Recovery Point to announce the new program. UnitedHealthcare is donating 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia to be dispursed to citizens in the state.

The kits will provide a safe way to dispose of their unused opioids to prevent them from ending up on the street.

“This is another step forward in our battle to eliminate drug abuse," Justice said. “UnitedHealthcare is committed to combating the opioid crisis which has been so destructive to our communities. The opioid disposal kits can remove more opioids and prescription pills from West Virginia homes, hopefully preventing opioid use disorder before it even starts. United Healthcare and Recovery Point are wonderful partners and they really care about our citizens and our communities.”