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Pharmaceutical Collection Event Promoted!

On Saturday, September 27th, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct another collection event of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

During the last Take Back Day on April 26, 2014, 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of pills were brought to the 6,072 collection sites nationwide to discard of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs. When added to that collected at previous USDEA-coordinated Take-Back events, 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

  • The program is anonymous.
  • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines are not a part of this initiative.