On April 30, an event dubbed as Drug Take Back Day will be held in various areas sponsored by government agencies. This activity aims to help prevent prescription drug abuse by collecting unused and unwanted prescribed medications. Organizers assured the public that those who will take part in the activity will remain anonymous and will not be obliged to answer any question regarding the activity.
The fight against prescription drug abuse is one battle that parents are most concerned about since many of the victims are adolescents. Reports showed that in 2009, there were 7 million children, 12 years and older, who abused prescribed medications for non-medical purposes. It was also known that on the average, there are 2,500 teens every day that get high using prescription medications for the first time. Did you also know that two teens in every five see prescription medications as much safer than illegal drugs and that three out of ten believe painkillers are not addictive at all?
This is why the Tri-State has initiated the Drug Take Back activity. It will be held in the following venues from 10 am to 2 pm on the 30th of April:
1. Huntington: Huntington Police Department at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, 1448 10th Ave.
2. Huntington: West Virginia State Police at West Virginia State Police Detachment, 3339 U.S. 60.
3. Kenova: Kenova Department of Public Safety at Kenova Volunteer Fire Department, 1600 Pine St.
4. Barboursville: Barboursville Police Department at Barboursville Police Department/Municipal Building, 721 Central Ave.
5. South Point: Lawrence County Ohio Drug Task Force at Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, 216 Collins Ave., South Point.
6. Ironton: Ironton Hills parking lot.
7. Coal Grove: Village Hall parking lot on Carlton-Davidson Lane.
8. Burlington: Wal-Mart parking lot.
9. Lawrence County: Fairground entrance at Ohio 7 and Ohio 243.
10. Ashland: Kentucky State Police at Kentucky State Police Detachment, 5975 U.S. 60.