CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - If you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet and are not sure how to safely dispose of them, mark your calendar for Saturday.
Charleston and Berkeley County Sheriff's Offices are teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Administration are partnering for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to give people the chance to surrender unwanted or expired prescription drugs.
The events are scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- In Charleston County, residents can drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the Sheriff's Office headquarters at 3505 Pinehaven Drive in North Charleston.
- In Berkeley County, residents can bring medications for disposal to either the Sheriff's Office headquarters at 223 N. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner or the Goose Creek's Magistrate's Office at 303-B Goose Creek Blvd. in Goose Creek.
Deputies say the service is free and and anonymous, and that no questions will be asked.
Authorities say medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, the release states, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses blamed on the medications.
Besides those dangers, authorities warn that the traditional method of disposing of unneeded medication, which usually involved flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, pose potential safety and health hazards.