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National RX Take-Back Day will be at WV Capitol Oct. 26

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place in West Virginia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 near the East Rotunda on the California Street side of the state Capitol.

People with unused or unwanted prescriptions are encouraged to take them to the Capitol to be disposed of properly. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is sponsoring the local event.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration spearheads Drug Take Back Day, which was initially launched in 2010. Local and state law enforcement agencies collect unused medication and dispose of it safely to protect the environment as well as protecting against abuse.

"We are happy to join in this endeavor once again to help rid our state and communities of unwanted prescriptions, as well as unused over-the-counter medication," Morrisey said in a news release. "We were able to collect 125 pounds of medicine at the Capitol location during the sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April.

"We hope to collect even more at this event."

Morrisey established an internal task force within the Attorney General's Office earlier this year to combat substance abuse in West Virginia. The task force operates through the office's Consumer Protection Division, and currently is developing strategies to address substance abuse from a supply and demand perspective.

"Even if the medicine is not one that is typically abused, it is critical that pills, liquids and other forms of prescriptions are disposed of properly," Morrisey said. "Medicine that is thrown into the trash can be found by people looking to abuse drugs, and flushing it down the toilet can damage the environment.

For the full list of Prescription Drug Take-Back collection sites, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.