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Record numbers of old and unused prescription medications were turned in over the weekend as West Virginia works to combat drug problems and keep them out of the state's water supply.

On Tuesday, April 30 U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that 4,642 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs were turned in on the official Drug Take Back Day, which was Saturday, April 27.  That beat the record set in 2012, when 4,572 pounds of drugs were collected.

"This year's record total is another milestone in the fight against prescription drug abuse," U.S. Attorney Goodwin said. "West Virginians understand how devastating the prescription drug problem is for our families, and they're responding in the most effective way they can: by getting rid of potentially dangerous medicine that they don't need any more."

DEA Resident Agent in Charge Ryan said, "Prescription drug abuse has plagued so many of our communities.  When people voluntarily take prescriptions out of their homes and dispose of them properly, it truly helps our fight against prescription drug abuse. I commend all of the federal, state and local partners in West Virginia for their assistance, which has made this sixth Take-Back a success." 

During the April Take-Back more than 100 sites throughout West Virginia were set up to  provide people with places to drop off medications. Nationwide, more than 5,100 sites participated.In the five previous Take-Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration and numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications nationwide.