Program tackles Pee Dee prescription drug abuse

Marion County, SC - SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - A handful of law enforcement agencies across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are joining in on a national prescription drug initiative aimed at preventing pill abuse and theft.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Florence County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that each agency would be joining forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to host individual "Take Back" rallies.

The rallies allow residents to drop off any unused or unwanted prescriptions to be destroyed by law enforcement.

Deputies will be hosting the event in Marion County on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Golden Leaf Festival in Mullins. Florence County deputies will also be holding a collection site at "The She Event" on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center.

Officials say while many choose to dispose their medicines by flushing them down a toilet, it isn't an effective measure to safely get rid of the pills. Environmentalists say the pills harm the water supply, noting detectible levels of prescription drugs are showing up in drinking water.

"Properly used under the direction of a physician, prescription medications can cure once incurable diseases, relieve pain and improve our lives," Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said. "Improperly used or in the wrong hands, we see all too often that they cause addiction, dependence, heartache, pain, injury and sometimes death."

In addition to the event on Saturday at the Florence Civic Center, Operation medicine drop will be available at the following McLeod Health locations on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon:

  • McLeod Health Timmonsville - 755 E. Main St.
  • McLeod Health Johnsonville - 355 S. Georgetown Hwy.
  • McLeod Health Lake City - 276 Ron McNair Blvd.
  • McLeod Urgent Care - 3015 W. Palmetto St., Florence
  • McLeod Medical Plaza - 800 E. Cheves St., Florence
  • Florence County Detention Center - 6719 Friendfield Rd., Effingham

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