The Town of Man has taken another step in the fight against prescription drug abuse. On Friday Sept. 11, Mayor Jim Blevins hosted an opening ceremony for a new prescription drug take-back box. The box is designated for residents ridding their homes of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication. The box is located in the lobby at Man Town Hall, and drop-offs can be made Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
Logan County Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter, Mayor Jim Blevins, West Virginia Senator Arthur Kirkendoll and PIECES director Jeremy Farley spoke at the ceremony. Each discussed continued efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic. “We want to give our Logan County citizens a safe and convenient way to rid their homes of expired medication. We’ve had a drop-box in the sheriff’s office for a few months. It’s been a success. We’ve taken over sixty pounds of unwanted medication off the streets. Now, this will be a more convenient option for residents in the Man area,” said Porter.
PIECES director Jeremy Farley told the audience about how community members were making a difference. “This box is the result of our county folks working together, but it all started when Elizabeth Tackett at the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library requested a box here in Man. She’s been an active member of our coalition, and she’s a strong voice for the people of this community.”
Senator Kirkendoll spoke about the importance of community involvement in defeating the drug issue. “I’m here today because I fully support law enforcement. I also support the Logan County Commission and Town’s aggressive plan to reduce the substance abuse problem we face in this county. It’s a monumental task, but it’s our families we’re fighting to save.”
Sheriff Porter also reminded the crowd that she is hosting the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26th at Fountain Place Mall. The Sheriff’s Command Post will anonymously accept expired and unwanted medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. that day.
The drug take-back box project is a collaborative effort between the Town of Man, Logan County Sheriff’s Department, PIECES Coalition, Logan County Commission and Drug Enforcement Administration.