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The Prevention Empowerment Partnership (PEP) partners with local law enforcement and the DEA to collect unwanted medications during National Drug Take Back Day

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  The Prevention Empowerment Partnership (PEP), the Cabell County Substance Use Prevention Coalition housed within Marshall University Research Corporation under the Center of Excellence, 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 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at various area locations.

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 last event in the fall, Americans turned in 300 tons of prescription drugs at 4,675 sites operated by the DEA with 4,383 state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, the DEA and its partners have taken in close to 18 million pounds of unused medications from Drug Take Back events.

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 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 April 27  Take Back Day event, go to or contact Angela Saunders, director of PEP, at 304-552-3528.

Drop-off locations for April’s Take Back Day include:

  • Drug Emporium, 3 E. Mall Road, Barboursville
  • Cabell County EMS Station, 1133 20th St., Huntington
  • Cabell County EMS Station, 1766 Washington Ave., Huntington
  • Huntington Police Department, 675 10th St., Huntington


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