Get ready to clean out your medicine cabinet

Sheriff Jay Koon

This Saturday is the 17th Annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day; a day that encourages the community to safely and responsibly dispose of unused or expired drugs. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, Lexington County residents are encouraged to anonymously bring their leftover prescriptions to the Sheriff’s Department’s headquarters on Gibson Road for convenient and safe disposal.

Drop-off locations are also available Saturday at the Medicine Mart on Sunset Boulevard and the BiLo on Augusta Road in West Columbia; as well as the CVS and Walgreen’s on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington.

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take Back Day started as a way to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by encouraging proactive collections. Oftentimes, unused prescription drugs may end up lost or stolen and in the wrong hands. It is our hope to work together with the public to take many of these opportunities off the street.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners, such as the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.

Many still believe it is OK to dispose of your unwanted prescriptions by flushing or throwing them away. However, these methods pose potential safety and health hazards. The public is now encouraged to safely dispose of drugs through official drop-off locations only.

Help us keep Lexington County safe by turning in your unneeded prescription drugs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. Only pills and patches are accepted, including over-the-counter medications.

Can’t make Saturday’s event? A 24-hour drop box is conveniently located in our front lobby.