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Dorchester County Sheriff's Office to Host DEA Drug Take Back Day Event

Post Date:04/23/2019 10:30 AM

On Saturday, April 27, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office will join forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and take part in the 17th National Drug Take Back Day.

From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 27th residents can dispose of prescription medication, no questions asked, at the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Offices located at 212 Deming Way in Summerville and 100 Sears Street in St. George. Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted.

This free and anonymous service gives residents the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

Prescription Drugs Should Not Be Disposed of In the Trash or by "Flushing"

Residents are advised not to dispose of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash as both pose potential safety, health and environmental hazards.

Medicines Thrown Into the Trash Can Be Toxic For The Environment

Modern landfills are well-designed, safe, and handle standard household waste well.  However, medicines are a special type of hazardous chemical that we must be diligent about keeping out of the solid waste system and landfills.  Drugs can be toxic for wildlife and the ecosystem even in low doses. 

Do Not Flush Prescription Drugs

Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can pollute our waters, impacting aquatic species, and can contaminate our food and water supplies.  Most medicines are not removed by wastewater treatment plants or septic systems.  

Drug Take-Back Day Statistics

This is the 17th national drug Take Back event in nine years. Last fall, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 sites operated by state and local law enforcement partners. The combined total for the 16 previous Take Back events is almost 11 million pounds of prescription drugs.