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GCSO initiates prescription drug program

Georgetown, SC -

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As prescription drug abuse reaches alarming rates, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is hoping a new program will help prevent pill abuse and theft from spreading in area communities.

The agency will be hosting its first National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office. The initiative aims at collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from residents.

The service, according to officials, is free and anonymous.

"Today we are launching a first-ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign that will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs," Michele Leonhart, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

Other collection sites located across the state and nation can be found at dea.gov.

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