October 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 4:57 AM
Below is a news release from the Florence County Sheriff's Office:
On October 26, 2013 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Palmetto Street Church of God located at 3132 West Palmetto Street, Florence, SC. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The Church is hosting its Fall Festival at this time as well.
Last April, American families turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription medications at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners, including FCSO. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds (or more than 1,400 tons) of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue in Florence County. Medicines that languish in home cabinets, especially those of the elderly 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, the traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.
"We continue to charge those who sell illegally obtained prescription medication," Sheriff Kenney Boone stated. "They are drugs of abuse and the improper use of prescription medications is equally as devastating to families and our community as illicit drugs. This Take Back Program is a great way you can keep drugs from finding their way into the wrong hands or the environment. We also appreciate the Palmetto Street Church of God making its facility available for us."