CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Got drugs?"
That was the question many law enforcement agencies across the area were asking residents Saturday during the latest National Take-Back Initiative.
The program, a service of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, allows people to bring their unneeded or expired medications to police officials around the country for safe disposal.
The Kanawha County sheriff's deputies collected medications at the department's Sissonville, St. Albans and Chelyan detachments. Charleston police officers were set up in Kanawha City and at a pharmacy on the West Side.
This year -- perhaps because of the rainy weather for most of the morning -- the Sissonville detachment saw less activity than it has in years past, said Detective J.A. Ratliff of the sheriff's department
"This station hasn't been as active," Ratliff said. "It's still worthwhile. Every pill we get off the street is one less we have to worry about, law enforcement-wise."
Last October, Americans turned in more than 377,086 pounds of medications that were unwanted or expired, according to the DEA.
Ratliff has volunteered with drug-take back events for three years.
"The first year, we filled one garbage bag [with drugs]," Ratliff said. " Last year, two. The last two years, we had pretty weather. This year, not as nice but, who knows, the other stations may have done better."
At the West Side Walgreen's, where two Charleston police officers sat in an unmarked cruiser, that wasn't the case.