Law enforcement teams with DEA to take back unwanted prescription pills

VIDEO: Charleston police, DEA host prescription takeback event

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Police and the DEA teamed up Saturday to help keep prescription drugs off the street.

They encouraged people to anonymously drop off expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The focus of this event was to help keep dangerous drugs, like pain killers, from falling into the wrong hands.

Police also that it's important to dispose of your pills properly.

"It's also very important to keep it out of the water supply," Charleston Police Sgt. Trevor Shelor said. "A lot of people would just think of flushing it in the toilet. But you can't be sure what you get back out of the water."

Police held the event at their headquarters on Lockwood Boulevard and at Citadel Mall.

Lowcountry sheriff's offices hosted similar events Saturday as part of "National Drug Takeback Day.

Since the DEA started this program it has taken in more than five million pounds of pills.

If you missed this event but you have some pills you want to dispose of there is a permanent drop off location at MUSC.

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