Drug Takeback Takes Pills Off Columbia Streets

Law Enforcement And Anti-Drug Coalitions Partner To Dispose Unwanted And Un-Need Drugs

People from across the Upstate dispose of pills in Drug Take Back Day

A similar event in April collected more than 2,800 pounds of medications from almost 1,000 participants.

The next National Drug Take Back Day will be in April of 2018.

If you missed today, there are other permanent drug drop off locations in the Upstate. They are taken to a Monroe incinerator.

Research shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Further, Mr. Coleman underscored yesterday's announcement by United States President Donald Trump, declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency.

On Friday and Saturday, the Sherriff's Department set up seven collection locations throughout Boone County where residents could drop off unwanted or leftover medication.

The Prescription Drug Take Back is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the DEA.

Bring your pills for disposal to the Hampton County Sheriff's Office located at 411 Cemetery Rd., Varnville, S.C.

The DEA, in its previous 13 drug take-back days, has collected more than 8 million pounds of prescription pills, or more than 4,050 tons. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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