The Attorney General's Office is pleased to announce the creation of DRoP (Dispose Responsibly of Prescriptions), a program initiated at his request to provide permanent drug drop boxes to every county in West Virginia. The program is a partnership with entities such as the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the West Virginia Medical Association, and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Together with the Office of the Attorney General, these organizations share the goal of creating healthier West Virginia communities by proactively fighting prescription drug abuse. This particular initiative is aimed at collecting unwanted or unused controlled substances in the hopes of decreasing the rate of prescription drug abuse and addiction in the Mountain State.
All law enforcement agencies are invited to apply to the program to receive a permanent drug drop box. A committee representing the each of the partnering organizations will meet, review the applications, and vote to award agencies with permanent drug drop collection boxes at approved sites.
The goals of this program are as follows:
- To increase public awareness about the hazards of unused medications in homes;
- To limit access to prescription drugs by youth and/or adults who might abuse or misuse prescription drugs found in the homes of their relatives and friends;
- To decrease the incidence of crime in your community; and
- To develop partnerships with West Virginia communities to fight drug abuse in West Virginia
We look forward to implementing this program and assisting law enforcement in fighting prescription drug abuse.
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