The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is encouraging residents to drop off unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs at participating locations around the state during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Matthews Police Department are sponsoring drop-off locations from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Drop-off locations include:
• Piggly Wiggly, Edisto Drive, Orangeburg
• IGA, Branchdale Highway, Eutawville
• St. Matthews Police Department
Held twice a year, this national event organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration provides a safe, convenient and responsible way for the public to dispose of prescription drugs while also increasing awareness about the risks of unused or expired medicines, including those that remain easily accessible in medicine cabinets.
"While it's easy to overlook, leaving old or unused prescription medicines in your home can be associated with a lot of risks, including being mistaken for other medications and being abused by someone seeking recreational drugs," said Shelly Kelly, DHEC's director of health regulations.
"DHEC is proud to support the 'Take Back Day' initiative to assure medicines are disposed of properly,” she said.
For more information about DHEC's recommendations for disposing of unwanted medicine, visit scdhec.gov.