April 23, 2021

Manchin Urges West Virginians To Participate In Drug Take Back Day This Saturday

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged West Virginians to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 24th. Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

“Drug Take-Back Day is an important program that protects our communities, families, friends and loved ones by safely disposing of medications that can be abused while also raising awareness about the dangers of leftover prescriptions. Every West Virginian has been impacted by the drug epidemic that has taken over 87,000 Americans in the past year alone. Drug Take-Back Day is a commonsense initiative that we can all support to combat drug misuse so the Mountain State can fight this epidemic and heal our communities, and I urge West Virginians to participate this Saturday,” said Senator Manchin.

Last fall, Americans turned in over 985,000 pounds of prescription drugs at over 4,500 sites operated by the DEA and over 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. The DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected over 6,842 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

This week, Senator Manchin delivered remarks on the Senate Floor urging Congress to pass his bipartisan bill, FIGHT Fentanyl Act, which would permanently reschedule fentanyl and fentanyl related substances.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

For more information and to find a certified drop-off location click here.