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Tons of drugs collected in record setting "take-back" day

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Record setting amounts of prescription drugs collected at the drug take-back event in West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 26 Record setting amounts of prescription drugs collected at the drug take-back event in West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 26
Efforts to bring the illegal prescription drug problem in West Virginia continue to show big results.  A Prescription Drug Take-Back event held on Saturday, Oct. 26 brought in record amounts of unwanted, unused and expired medications. 

According to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin a total of 4,976 pounds of prescription drugs were collected during the event.  That surpassed the previous Take-Back record of 4,642 pounds of prescription drugs collected in April 2013.
  
"Having back-to-back record totals in the same year is remarkable," said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. "West Virginians have yet again responded overwhelmingly in our ongoing fight against prescription drug abuse. We've worked hard over the past several years to make our Take-Back initiative a success.  My thanks to the DEA, state and local police, and all the West Virginians who made this result possible."

The October Take-Back designated more than 130 sites throughout West Virginia, providing citizens with numerous locations to drop off expired, unused and unwanted medications. Nationwide, more than 5,100 sites participated.

Suzan Williamson, DEA resident agent in charge for West Virginia, said, "When people take unwanted and expired prescriptions out of their homes and dispose of them properly, it immeasurably 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 seventh Take-Back a success."

In the six previous Take-Back events, the Drug Enforcement Administration, working jointly with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications nationwide.