HCPD to participate in second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

From Horry County PD

CONWAY, SC - The Horry County Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day later this month.

According to statistics, more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs.  Each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.  In an effort to address this problem, the DEA worked with approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies last year to have citizens voluntarily turn in their unused or expired prescription drugs.  In total, the American public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on the first National Take Back Day.

This year, the Horry County Police Department is working with the DEA in the second National Take Back Day.  It will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10am until 2pm.  Anybody who is interested in turning in their unused or expired prescription pills is urged to bring them to the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building located at 2560 N. Main St. in Conway and turn them into the Horry County Police Department at that time.  This program allows the citizens of Horry County and law enforcement to work together in an effort to assure these prescription drugs do not get in the wrong hands.

For more information, you can visit the DEA's website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html