The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 23, 2013

Drug take-back slated Saturday around area

From Staff Reports

FAYETTEVILLE — Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency to help area residents turn in their unused prescription drugs on a “drug take-back day” on Oct. 26.

Getting rid of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs helps keep homes safer from theft, offers reduced opportunity for those in the home to abuse the drugs and helps prevent accidental poisonings, according to DEA officials.

No questions will be asked when the drugs are turned in, officials reported.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Sizemore said Oct. 26 could be a new start for some residents.

“The first step in addressing an addiction is admitting that you have a problem and seeking help to deal with that problem,” said Sizemore.

“An ideal way to begin this process is to surrender whatever pills you may have in your possession during the Drug Take-Back Day and at the same time begin seeking help.

“This type of addiction can only be adequately addressed through professional help,” he advised. “Don’t try to do it on your own.”

Residents may drop off drugs Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Virginia State Police detachment in Oak Hill; Genesis Health Care in Ansted; and Wal-Mart in Summersville.

Several local and national agencies are available to help with drug addictions, including FMRS Health Systems (304-256-7100) and Abuse Action Addiction Hotline (304-252-8044).