CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State and federal authorities teamed up for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this weekend.
The event overseen by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was held Saturday at more than 120 locations across West Virginia.
Law enforcement agencies collected unused medication and will safely dispose of it to prevent potential abuse by people who find it in the trash. Proper disposal also protects the environment.
The DEA says prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a doctor's supervision, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction.
Past take-back events have collected more than 13 tons of unwanted prescription drugs in West Virginia and more than 1,700 tons nationwide since 2010.