Attorney General Patrick Morrisey recently announced funding plans to add four prescription drug incinerators across the mountain state.
In a phone interview Morrisey said The Public Health Trust’s advisory board will start accepting applications from law enforcement agencies who wish to house an incinerator to help with disposing unwanted drugs.
The board includes members of the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia State Medical Association, West Virginia Nurses Association and the state Higher Education Policy Commission.
“So we’ve been working very hard with the public health trust fund as well to come up with some of the funding to pay for incinerators across the state of West Virginia because there are far to few incinerators to take up with the demand,” Morrisey said.
Morrisey also said the goal is to eliminate pathways for diversion. “If you have drop boxes and families are bringing unused or expired meds in the door to law enforcement and then they are being incinerated quickly then it reduces the chance for abuse,” Morrisey said.
Morrisey also said the board will review the applications and will award the grants in August.