Police, DEA organize to take back unwanted prescription drugs

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The focus of events around the country Saturday was for people to turn in any old prescription medication.  The events were free, and people were able to drop off the drugs anonymously. The CVS off Church Street in Conway was just one of the several locations the Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies organized to help clean up the pill abuse and crime happening in our area.

Officials were looking for expired, unused, and unwanted pills. This was the eighth event in three years police managed.

Drug Take Back Day is a nationwide event. Last October, Americans turned in more than 640,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

Marilyn Storo of Conway highly supports the event, saying, "I think it's great that we had somewhere to drop them off because throwing them down the toilet or in the trash is not safe, and having them laying around the house isn't either."

Corporal Cassandra Spain of Conway Police says they aren't looking for any specific pills to get off the streets. They are just looking to collect anything that could possibly harm the public's health and security.

If you didn't have the chance to make it to any of the Drug Take Back locations today, there is a permanent location at the Conway Police Department located 200 Laurel Street. People are welcome to drop off pills at anytime without any questions.

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