The DEA National Take-Back Initiative, set for Saturday in the region, will provide residents with the opportunity to remove all types of medications from one's home or the home of loved ones.
Expired, over-the-counter, discontinued and/or pet medications all will be accepted. Those participating in the one-day free disposal program do so anonymously.
The Randolph County take-back will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Davis HomePlus of Elkins on the corner of Buffalo and Randolph avenues. The Tucker County take-back will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the DirectCare of Parsons/Community Care Pharmacy.
The take-back event is being organized locally by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Davis Health System, Randolph and Tucker County Family Resource Network, Randolph and Tucker county sheriff's departments, Randolph County Department of Emergency Management, the St. George Medical Center and TCdrugfree.
Call the West Virginia Rivers Coalition at 304-637-7201 with any questions.
Other communities are advised to visit the DEA website, DEA.gov, for other sites.
Collected medication will be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner through a certified waste hauler. Medications brought to the WVCDRP must meet the following guidelines: no controlled substances, no sharps needles and no liquids in excess of 4 ounces.
Regionally, the West Virginia Consumer Drug Return Partnership and Davis Health System operate three take-backs: Health Center Pharmacy, 909 Gorman Ave., Elkins, 304-636-6767; Community Care Pharmacy, 149 Ivy Lane, Parsons, 304-478-2319; and Tygart Valley Pharmacy, 46 Town Center Plaza, Mill Creek, 304-335-6005.
For those who may miss the DEA take-back, there still is an opportunity to properly dispose of non-controlled (no narcotics or controlled substances) medications through an ongoing daily pharmaceutical collection program.
West Virginia Rivers Coalition sponsors the local take-back pharmacies by operating the West Virginia Consumer Drug Return Partnership, an ongoing take-back program throughout the Mountain State.