On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pawleys Island Compounding Pharmacy, Georgetown Sheriff Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your 3P’s –pills, powder, and pouches for disposal to Pawleys Island Compounding Pharmacy at 9710 Ocean Hwy, Unit 2, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. We cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. We recognize that medicines that linger in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show:
- That a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.
- 70% of young people abuse prescription pain relievers found in their family’s medicine cabinet.
- Medicines in home cabinets are the second highest cause of accidental poisoning in children and adults.
- Medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, which can hurt fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water.
- Some medications, such as hormones and antidepressants, interfere with the reproduction and healthy growth of many aquatic species, such as frogs and fish.
Nationally last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs. Overall, in its ten previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills. For more information about Take Back Day visit DEA Diversion website.