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National Drug Take-Back Day a success in West Virginia

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All across the United States people participated in an event to combat prescription pill abuse.

It was National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. 59News reporter Jessie Gavin took us to one event in Raleigh County.

West Virginia now leads the nation in deaths from drug overdose.

"The drug epidemic is serious in Southern West Virginia, many would say we are at ground zero. Efforts today such as the National Drug Take-Back Day have proven successful in the past. Our law enforcement personnel have been very pleased with the success of the program," Congressman Nick Rahall told 59News.

By properly disposing your unused or expired medications, you can help save a life and prevent crime.

"If someone has medication in the house that someone finds out about, it's very likely that someone would break into that house and harm them and take that medication. It can be a scary thing to have all that in your house and this is a good outlet for someone to get rid of that medication," Officer N. J. Smith of the Beckley Police Department said.

"There's been a rash of people breaking in, if they see a bottle of medicine, it induces them to break into your house. When you're alone, you sure don't want anybody breaking into your home," said Beckley resident Gladys Lafferty.

National Drug Take-Back Day happens twice a year. If you missed it, there's an opportunity to properly dispose of your medications every day.

"At the State Police detachment in Beckley, behind the Armory, they have a drop box where you can always take your unwanted and unused prescriptions there," Smith told us.

Visit to learn more about National Drug Take-Back Day.