CPD, DEA collect 27 lbs. during prescription drug take back event

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The results of Conway's prescription drug take-back event are in. On October 26, the Conway City Police and DEA collected 27 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Citizens brought medications for disposal at Walgreens on Church Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of local law enforcement partners. In six previous take-back events, over 2.8 million pounds of pills have been turned in.

These events are important, the CPD says, because medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US 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.

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