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National Drug Take-Back Day in Mercer County



PRINCETON, WV – On Saturday, September 27 (10:00AM to 2:00PM) Community Connections, Inc. (CCI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to one of three convenient Mercer County locations, sponsored by Community Connections, itsPrevention Without Borders program, the Mercer County COFY Coalition, and local law enforcement:

Community Connections, Inc. (215 South Walker Street / Princeton, WV)

WV State Police Headquarters (910 Oakvale Road / Princeton, WV)

Bluefield City Police Station (200 South Mercer Street / Bluefield, WV)

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

To find a "Take Back" location nearest you, visit

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds – more than 2,100 tons – of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States, and locally in southern West Virginia, are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances.

Mercer County citizens who are unable to participate in Saturday's event may have their unused, unwanted prescriptions properly disposed of by bringing them to the Mercer County Courthouse during any normal working hours and place the prescriptions in the permanent take back box located on the main level.

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