West Virginia Drug Take Back Day Is Saturday, April 30th

Marlinton, WV – If you’ve got unwanted prescription drugs in your medicine but are unsure of how to dispose of them safely, then you’ll probably want to take advantage of the West Virginia Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 30th. Perhaps it’s a few powerful pain pills left over from an accident or surgery. Or maybe it’s a prescription left over after a loved one passed on. No matter what the circumstances, you can turn drugs over to authorities, no questions asked, on Saturday. This is part of a national drug take back program sponsored by the US Drug Enforcement Agency in coordination with state and local law enforcement.

Some people choose to simply flush their left over medications. While some medications can be disposed of in this manner, many cannot be. Proper drug disposal is just one of four components being pursued on halting prescription drug abuse following recommendations from the Office of National Drug Control Policy [ONDCP]. The strategy outlines four major areas for addressing prescription drug abuse prevention; education, tracking and monitoring, proper medical disposal, and enforcement.

Twenty-six locations across southern West Virginia will be accepting expired or unwanted prescription drugs this Saturday from 10am to 2pm. In our area, you can drop them off at the Pocahontas County Prevention Coalition located at the Snowshoe Career center in Marlinton. Please note that the Marlinton site will not accept IV bags, used syringes, nebulizers, oxygen tanks or mercury thermometers.

The Greenbrier County Sheriffs dept and the West Virginia State Police detachment; Greenbrier County, both located in Lewisburg, will also be accepting the drugs. For more information about the Drug Take Back Day, please visit www.dea.gov.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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