And Canton police have collected hundreds more pounds of pills in a separate, one-day drug drop-off effort the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors across the nation every year, most recently Saturday.
The Virginia State Police and local law enforcement agencies participated in the National Drug Take-Back.
Event organizers say the day is created to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription medications, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of the drugs.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. "Properly disposing of these potentially addictive medications is one important step toward reducing our nation's opioid epidemic and the related overdose deaths".
People who were not able to participate on Saturday, October 28, can still take part in take-back day.
USA Coleman and Mr. Evans also stated that the Take Back is a great opportunity to begin a dialogue with children to educate them on the dangers of obtaining pharmaceuticals for illicit use.
Further, Mr. Coleman underscored yesterday's announcement by United States President Donald Trump, declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency. They can drop off their unused and unwanted medications at any MSP post. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. They can do this anonymously, Monday through Friday between 8 and 4 during the day.
Putnam County's Acting Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Nesheiwat reminded the public that "proper disposal not only removed the drugs from the home but also kept the unwanted medications out of the waste and water streams since many people flush their outdated medications down the toilet".