DEA Offices in South Carolina Lead Effort During First-Ever Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
SEP 22 -- Greenville, SC – The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners have announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, for destruction, at sites nationwide on Saturday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. DEA Offices within DEA Atlanta’s four-state region (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) will be participating in this event as well as offices nationwide. Nine different collection sites have been organized for the South Carolina Upstate (see below).
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines stored in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division said, “Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in this country. A very accessible drug stash can be found right at home in your medicine cabinet. You can make your home safe and strengthen your community by participating in our nationwide prescription take-back program. DEA will be working hand-in-hand with a multitude of community partners, law enforcement personnel and the general public to raise the awareness of prescription drug abuse. Please join us in this effort as we seek to rid our communities of pharmaceutical drug abuse.”