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Home  |  News  |  DEA Has Drop Off Day to Take Prescription Drugs Off the Street

DEA Has Drop Off Day to Take Prescription Drugs Off the Street
Thursday, October 20, 2011

 


Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The DEA is having a drop off day nationwide so people can anonymously drop off unused or old prescription drugs.

"Prescription drug misuse is a problem," said Eunika Simons, Director of the Reconnecting Communities Coalition in Richland Two. "What we see is people not using medications for what they were prescribed for or using medications that weren't prescribed for them."

Simons says using a prescription for any use other than the one the doctor prescribed is considered misuse.

To help get misused prescriptions off the street, the DEA will open 70 drop sites across the state.

During the drop off last year, 1,250 pounds of unwanted or old prescriptions were dropped off across the state. That many pills equal a horse in weight.

"Kids are getting in medicine cabinets and stealing these powerful drugs," said Sheriff Jim Matthews of Kershaw County.

More than half of individuals over 12 who abused prescription drugs in the past year got them from friends or family members. Many times those drugs come from a home medicine cabinet.

If you want to drop off drugs but are worried about personal information, you can dump the pills and keep your bottles at drop sites.

The DEA website has a complete list of drop sites across the state.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/155710/2/DEA-Has-Drop-Off-Day-to-Take-Prescription-Drugs-Off-the-Street

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