CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal officials in Southern West Virginia say they collected nearly two and a half tons of unwanted and expired drugs during last weekend's Prescription Drug Take-Back day.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory agent Suzan Williamson said the collection set a record at 4,976 pounds of prescription drugs.
West Virginians participated at more than 130 locations around the state.
The previous record was the 4,642 pounds of drugs collected in April. Williamson says the proper disposal of unwanted and unused drugs helps the DEA and other agencies fight against the epidemic of illegal prescription drug abuse.
A recent report found that West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses, with a rate that's six times higher than it was about a decade ago.