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Morrisey to Take Applications for Medication Incinerators


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says law enforcement agencies can soon apply for incinerators for unwanted and expired prescription medication.

Morrisey says in a news release that his office and the attorney general Public Health Trust’s advisory board will review and award grants in August.

He says priority will be given to law enforcement agencies that have received or previously applied for drop boxes where residents can dispose of medications.

The advisory board consists of members of the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia State Medical Association, West Virginia Nurses Association and the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

Morrisey wants to reduce prescription drug use in West Virginia by at least 25 percent. The state leads the nation in the rate of overdose deaths.