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Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Prescription Drug “Take-Back”
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Lancaster, SC - The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the start of its permanent Prescription Drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff’s has installed permit deposit receptacles at the following locations. The service is free and anonymous. No questions asked!

Sites for Prescription Drug “Take-Back” in Lancaster County are as follows:

Site #1 - Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

1941 Pageland Hwy.

Lancaster, SC 29720

Citizens may visit this site 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The deposit box is located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office.

Site #2 - Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station (Indian Land)

8290 Charlotte Hwy.

Indian Land, SC 29707

Citizens may visit this site 24 hours a day 7 days a week however the deposit box is secured inside of the substation. Citizens will need to contact 803-547-5933 to arrange for an officer to meet them at the substation.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish 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.

“Today, we are beginning our permanent Prescription Drug “Take-Back” campaign.” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We are hoping that many citizens in Lancaster County will take this opportunity to use this safe way to dispose of their not needed prescription drugs.” Faile added, “This effort shows that we are committed to halting the alarming rise in addiction caused by the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. Working together, we can begin to remove a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the danger they create to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and suitable way.”

“In Lancaster County, prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem, and events like this one are a crucial tool for dropping the threat that the abuse of these drugs cause to public health,” said Faile.

Any citizen with questions concerning the Prescription Drug “Take-Back”, initiative please contact The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-4136 (Lancaster), 803-475-3766 (Kershaw) and 803-547-5933 (Indian Land).

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