CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A variety of places in the Lowcountry participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says this day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The DEA says Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. They reported 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs in 2018.
Those who missed the chance to dispose of their medications can click here to see the DEA’s list of year-around pharmaceutical disposal locations.
Any expired, unwanted, and unused medications were collected from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday.
The DEA’s website listed the following collection sites in the Lowcountry:
- Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort
- Lowcountry Senior Center, Charleston
- MUSC Drug Discovery Building, Charleston
- Trident Medical Center, Charleston
- Warring Senior Center, Charleston
- Department of Public Safety, Folly Beach
- Goose Creek Police Department, Goose Creek
- Vincent Drug Store, Johns Island
- Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, Moncks Corner
- Santee Cooper Headquarters, Moncks Corner
- Tidewater Pharmacy, Mount Pleasant
- Wal-Mart (Wando Crossing Shopping Center), Mount Pleasant
- Piggly Wiggly on Old Edisto Dr., Orangeburg
- Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg
- Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Pawleys Island
- Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Summerville
- Summerville Medical Center, Summerville
- Summerville Police Department, Summerville
- Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro
More information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day can be found by clicking here.
Trident Health officials released the following information on Saturday.
Trident, Summerville and Colleton Medical Centers joined more than 180 other HCA Healthcare hospitals across the nation in their Second Annual Crush the Crisis Medication Take Back Day. Combined, the three hospitals collected nearly 280 pounds of unused and expired medications. More than 15 pounds of opioids were collected. Every day in the US nearly 120 people die from an opioid overdose. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began 40 states have reported an increase in opioid-related deaths.
· Summerville Medical Center – 105.57 pounds
· Trident Medical Center – 95.4 pounds
· Colleton Medical Center – 77.4 pounds
· TOTAL: 278.37 pounds