Georgetown Co. providing 2nd location for safe disposal of unwanted medications

Lt. Jim Edwards, of the Litchfield Substation

(Litchfield Beach, SC) — CVS/pharmacy is teaming up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org to create an innovative community donation program in which law enforcement agencies can apply to receive a drug collection unit to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the public we have acquired a second drug drop box to assist Georgetown County residents in disposing of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of unwanted medications is a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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.

Bring your pills or patches for disposal to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Litchfield Substation located at 14363 Ocean Highway in the Pawleys Island Community of Georgetown County. Items which are not accepted include liquids, needles (sharps), thermometers and inhalers. Collection times are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For questions, please contact (843) 431-6091.

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