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Expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions will be collected

September 10, 2010

Expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions will be collected Sept. 25 at several police and fire departments as part of a national public health and safety effort.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police will collect the drugs as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency's National Take-Bake Day initiative. The effort is intended to spotlight the danger of increased pharmaceutical abuse.

The anonymous collection program will accept prescription and over-the-counter solid dosage medications, such as tablets and capsules. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted, and illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines are not part of the initiative.

In Berkeley County, collection events will be at the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department at 8009 Winchester Ave. and Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department at 4217 Hedgesville Road.

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Events also will be at the West Virginia State Police detachment in Kearneysville at 409 Industrial Blvd.; Paw Paw (W.Va.) Town Hall at 122 Winchester St.; Hagerstown Police Department at 50 N. Burhans Blvd.; Chambersburg (Pa.) Fire Department at 130 N. Second St.; Waynesboro (Pa.) Police Department at 57 E. Main St.; Wayne Heights Mall at 1513 E. Main St., Waynesboro; and Center Square in Mercersburg, Pa., at Main and Seminary streets.

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