"We're not going to solve our drug abuse problem by law enforcement action alone," Williamson said. "It's definitely in upholding our Controlled Substance Act, and in educating people, as well as enforcing regulatory measures with doctors, nurses, pharmacists and hospitals to make sure that diversion of pharmaceuticals is brought under control and monitored."
According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among those ages 12 to 17, 7.4 percent have reported using prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes.
The drug drop box, which is bolted to the floor near the main entrance to the sheriff's department, is provided by MedReturn LLC. In addition to Winfield, there are permanent MedReturn boxes in Capon Bridge, Elizabeth, Hinton, Kingwood, Moorefield, Princeton, Ripley, Romney, Wardensville and Wheeling.
Police agencies will accept prescription medications, patches and ointments, as well as over-the-counter medications, vitamins and medications prescribed to pets.
Locations participating in National Rx Take Back Day in Putnam County include the sheriff's department, the West Virginia State Police detachment in Winfield and the Hurricane Police Department.
Participating locations in Kanawha County include the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department offices in Chelyan, Elkview, Sissonville and St. Albans.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.