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Nearly 2 tons of drugs collected in W.Va.

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Charleston, WV

CHARLESTON (NEWS RELEASE) -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Resident Agent in Charge John Ryan jointly announced today that 3,742 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription drugs were collected from citizens and households across West Virginia in Saturday's Prescription Drug Take-Back event.

"Getting almost two tons of unwanted prescription drugs out of people's medicine cabinets is a huge victory for West Virginia," said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. "That's two tons of medicine that can't hurt anyone's children or grandchildren. It's two tons of medicine that we know won't contribute to our state's prescription drug problem. Everyone involved in Saturday's Take-Back event should be very proud of the difference they've made."

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Resident Agent in Charge John Ryan said, "Prescription drug abuse has plagued so many of our communities, and to have citizens voluntarily take prescriptions out of the homes and dispose of them properly truly helps our fight against prescription drug abuse. I commend all of the federal, state and local partners in West Virginia for working together to make this fifth Take-Back a success."

The September Take-Back designated 120 sites throughout West Virginia for citizens to drop off expired, unused and unwanted medications.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back held in September was the fifth national event of its kind and involved more than 5,100 designated sites nationwide in an effort to fight prescription drug abuse and theft.

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