Health Company Giving Drug Disposal Kits to West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A health care company is donating thousands of disposal kits to help West Virginia residents dispose of unused opioids and other drugs.

Gov. Jim Justice announced that UnitedHealthcare will give 10,000 opioid disposal kits to Recovery Point West Virginia to give to people so they can remove the drugs from their homes.

Each disposal kit deactivates up to 45 tablets or six opioid patches. The governor’s office said in a news release the kits contain activated carbon and are not a threat to the water supply or environment.

West Virginia by far leads the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths.