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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

Staff Report //October 23, 2020//

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for Saturday

Staff Report //October 23, 2020//

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, with participating locations across South Carolina including the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

The nationwide event promotes a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Studies have found that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, sometimes procured from home medicine cabinets, according to a new release from U.S. Attorney Peter M. McCoy Jr.’s office.

“The initiative, now in its tenth year, addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea said in the release. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Together with our partners, we are not only holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but offering other ways to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications.”

Last year, South Carolinians turned in 11,124 pounds of unwanted or expired medications, according to the release.

Other S.C. collection sites include the CVS pharmacy in Lexington at 5608 Sunset Blvd., along with:

  • Greenville Memorial Hospital, 701 Grove Road
  • Florence County Sheriff’s Office, 6719 Friendfield Road
  • Walgreens in Conway, 1601 Church St.
  • Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, 809 82nd Parkway
  • Clyburn Center in Aiken, 1000 Clyburn Place
  • Tidewater Pharmacy in Mount Pleasant, 421 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
  • Charleston’s Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive