Weston was one of hundreds of cities in West Virginia to host drug take back events as a part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a project of the United States Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. The website for the event says that it aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The event was planned in conjunction with the Lewis County Family Resource Network and local law enforcement. The group collected an excess of 40,000 pills, among them many controlled substances know to be abused by addicts according to LCFRN Executive Director Deanna Palmer.
The take back utilized Deterra’s Drug Deactivation System that renders any drug placed in it inert after 12-24 hours at which point they drugs can be thrown away safely as the process makes them biodegradable. While National Prescription Drug Take Back Day uses a large version of the system consisting of a five gallon bucket Deterra also offers home versions of the kit that allow individuals to put a set number of pills along with warm water in the solution and simply seal the bag, and after the prescribed amount of time they can simply throw the unneeded medication away.
The next planned Drug Take Back Day is set for a Saturday in October, at the Weston Fire Department.