FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
CONTACT: Michelle Perdue, director of Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, at 304-523-8929 ext. 110
Three Cabell County sites to provide safe disposal of medications
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— This Saturday the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP) will sponsor three Cabell County sites where community members will be able to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be in full swing in Huntington at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department at 703 7th Avenue and at the West Virginia State Police Department office on Route 60, and in Milton at the Milton Volunteer Fire Department at 341 East Main Street.
Research shows that prevention efforts comprising multiple strategies throughout a community can reduce substance abuse in that community, according to Michelle Perdue, director of CCSAPP.
“Disposing of medications properly helps to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs and also decreases pollutants in our water,” said Perdue.
Michael E. Kilkenny, M.D., M.S., physician director at Cabell-Huntington Health Department, said the day’s mission is prevention.
“Removing unneeded and expired drugs from your home improves safety for your family and, in the case of opioids, can prevent misuse, accidental overdose, and even future addiction,” said Dr. Kilkenny.
Last October, 5,473 pounds of unused or expired medications were collected in West Virginia alone, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report.
CCSAPP is primarily funded by the Drug Free Communities Grant #SP021658-07 from ONDCP and SAMHSA. Additional funding is provided by a sub-grant of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant administered through the WV Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Executive Office of the President, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, or the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.