The Times West Virginian

April 28, 2013

‘Why risk it?’ Thousands of pills collected

Drug Take-Back Day gets strong response in county

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Saturday, Marion County took another big step forward fighting prescription drug abuse.

The Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Fairmont Police and White Hall Police departments, collected thousands of pills with a Drug Take-Back Day, with locations at the Fairmont Police Department, Rider Pharmacy and White Hall Pharmacy.

“You can only guess the impact you’ve had on a community by giving them a venue to get rid of (unwanted or unneeded prescriptions),” said Sgt. J.D. Murphy of the Fairmont Police Department.

Lauren Prinzo, who is executive director of the Marion County Family Resource Network, the parent organization of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, said the coalition and Fairmont police spearheaded the event several years ago.

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