National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- People across the country are dumping their old and unused medicine as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

In Augusta County, people filled a sheriff's deputy's truck with medicines, even loading up the back seat.

The take-back is part of a nationwide effort - pushing people to get rid of medicines they don't need or can't use - to help keep the drugs from getting in the hands of someone who might abuse them.

"A lot of these medicines are some of the more potent ones, some of the more wanted ones that people are using for illegal purposes," said volunteer Keri Jones. "This is a good way - and a legal and safe way - to dispose of them."

Statistics from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency show that 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers got the drugs through a friend or family member - including from raiding the family medicine cabinet.


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