CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- John Hudson of Loudendale emptied a small bag full of old medication into a container in a grocery store parking lot Saturday.
Hudson's wife died in December and he needed something to do with the many medications leftover from those she had taken for dementia and diabetes.
"They say don't flush them down the commode in case it gets into your water system," Hudson said. "This is a pretty good deal, really."
Hudson was one of the people who took advantage of National Drug Take Back Day.
The event was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and supported by local law enforcement agencies who run collection sites. People are encouraged to turn in their leftover prescription drugs to be incinerated by the DEA.
Hudson also turned in medications last year when his mother-in-law died, he said.
"I think it's a great program," Hudson said. "I think people ought to take advantage of it. It looks like they are -- that container is about full."
Charleston Police Cpl. Mark Petty, who manned a collection site on the parking lot of the Foodland in Kanawha City, said between 60 and 70 people dropped off their medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Some, like Hudson, were getting rid of the pills that a loved one used before he or she died.