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Home  |  News  |  SPARTANBURG PUBLIC SAFETY TAKING BACK UNWANTEDPRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 29th AT TWO LOCATIONS

SPARTANBURG PUBLIC SAFETY TAKING BACK UNWANTEDPRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 29th AT TWO LOCATIONS
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

 
Spartanburg, South Carolina – On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the
Spartanburg Public Safety Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Spartanburg City Hall at 145 W. Broad Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306 or Archibald Rutledge Apartments at 764 N. Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose
of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months.

Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Spartanburg Public Safety Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Other National Take Back Initiative Collection Sites in Spartanburg County on 09-29-12: The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office is also hosting a Take Back Initiative at the Sheriff’s Office at 8045 Howard Street, Spartanburg, SC 29301 and Landrum Police Department has one at the Ingles Pharmacy at 1851 Hwy 14 E. Landrum, SC 29356.

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