CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Attorney General Office has announced the awarding of prescription drug incinerator grants to four police departments across West Virginia.
The incinerator grants, awarded to four police departments by the Attorney General and his Public Health Trust, represent a major boost to police agencies that struggle finding a place to dispose of the very drugs turned in by their citizens.
An incinerator awarded to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in Madison, upon agreement, may be made available to its neighboring counties and others in southern West Virginia, including Beckley, Logan, Williamson and other areas.
“Anything we can do to help eradicate this devastating epidemic is a step in the right direction,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said. “These incinerators fill a need for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement across West Virginia. I remain passionate about fighting opioids and believe these grants will significantly cut the supply of unwanted and expired medication.”
The Attorney General and Public Health Trust members awarded other incinerators to the Huntington Police Department in Cabell County, Star City Police Department in Monongalia County and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office in Parkersburg.
The Attorney General and his partners received applications as continuation of the Dispose Responsibly of Prescriptions (DRoP) initiative, which already has distributed drug disposal drop boxes throughout the state.
Police departments were evaluated based upon their location, population and percentage of drug-related crimes and heroin-related overdose deaths. The winning departments also agreed to share their incinerator by accepting unwanted/expired pills from other law enforcement agencies in their region.
The Public Health Trust’s advisory board consists of the state Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia State Medical Association, West Virginia Nurses Association and the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission.
DRoP boxes are currently located at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Ceredo Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Mullens Police Department, Nicholas County Sheriff’s Office, Paden City Police Department, Pleasants County Sheriff’s Office, Roane County Sheriff’s Office and the Shepherdstown Police Department.
Logan County has three Medication Drop Off boxes located at Man City Hall, Chapmanville Police Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s office in the Logan County Courthouse.