The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds Take Back Days twice a year, in April and October, at locations across the country. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 24th and is the 20th drug take back day since the program started. This public service addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
For many years, the Laurens County Prevention Coalition (LCPC) and its many community partners/stakeholders have worked diligently to address the variety of drug problems in Laurens County.
“LCPC proudly partners with the Laurens Police Department, Clinton Police Department, Laurens County Sheriff Department, Prisma Healthcare and other community partners to make drop boxes available to the community, “said Brian King Chair of the Laurens County Prevention Coalition. “I cannot say enough wonderful things about the work the LCPC partners have done and continue to do each day to make Laurens County a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Laurens Police Department at the 250 West Laurens Street location will be participating in the DEA Take Back Day event this Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10am-2pm; but outside of this designated day, Laurens County has several other locations for drop off of expired or unused medicines during office hours.
Here is a list of the some drop box locations:
M.S. Bailey Municipal
211 N Broad Street Suite A, Clinton, SC 29325
Clinton Police Department
404 Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325
Laurens Police Department
250 West Laurens Street, Laurens, SC 29360
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
216 North Main Street, Laurens, SC
Prisma Health Outpatient Entrance
22725 Hwy 76 East Clinton, SC 29325
Sadler Hughes Apothecary
102 Jacob Highway, Clinton, SC 29325
Utility Billing Center
300 W Pitts Street, Clinton, SC 29325
Now is as good a time as any to clean out the medicine cabinet and safely discard of unused medicines.