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Eastern Panhandle hosts fourth annual National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day

April 27, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs and medications will be accepted Saturday at several locations in the Eastern Panhandle as part of the fourth annual National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said in a news release this month that the initiative is part of the DEA’s effort to bring a national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical substance abuse, while providing a secure and environmentally friendly outlet for disposal that will protect water resources.

Today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications can be dropped off at Walmart locations in Charles Town, Martinsburg and Spring Mills, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 102 Industrial Blvd. in Kearneysville, South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. at 8009 Winchester Ave. in Inwood, and West Virginia State Police barracks at 409 Industrial Blvd. in Kearneysville.

Drop-off locations at Paw Paw Town Hall at 122 Winchester St. in Paw Paw and Morgan County Health Department at 187 S. Green St. in Berkeley Springs will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the release.

Prescription drugs and medication also can be dropped off at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office at 802 Emmett Rousch Drive in Martinsburg throughout the year, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Thursday.

Area participation in the National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day event was announced by the Building Our Lives Drug-free (BOLD) Initiative of United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.

For more information about the BOLD Initiative, go to www.theboldmovement.org.

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