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Prevention Empowerment Partnership partners with law enforcement to collect unwanted medication

The Prevention Empowerment Partnership (PEP), an initiative of Marshall University Research Corporation and the Center of Excellence for Recovery, will host the National Drug Take Back Day in partnership with the Huntington Police Department, Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and Marshall University School of Pharmacy.

The National Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations: Walgreen’s, 111 4th Ave., Huntington; Drug Emporium, 3 East Mall Rd., Barboursville; Huntington Police Department, 675 10th St., Huntington; and QRT office, 1133 20th St., Huntington.

The National Drug Take-Back Day aids in the prevention of medication abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous medications that are expired, unused, and unwanted. Sites cannot accept personal care items, needles or sharps, liquid injectables, illegal drugs, thermometers and other mercury items, hydrogen peroxide or inhalers. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

At the 2023 spring event, Americans turned in 332 tons of prescription drugs at nearly 5,000 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in conjunction with 4,497 state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 17.3 million pounds of unused medications from Drug Take Back events.

The 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 U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year-after-year that most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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 — pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28th Take Back Day event, go to or contact Angela Saunders, director of PEP, at 304-552-3528.


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