The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office took part in the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, making sure prescription and over-the-counter medications are disposed of properly.
The Walton Way and Peach Orchard Road CVS locations were used to collect unwanted or expired medication from the community with the Walton Way site collecting seven bags of medications as it came to an end.
The medication will be weighed and sent to Atlanta to be destroyed, according to Sgt. Chris Masters.
Throwing medications away or pouring them down kitchen or bathroom sinks can cause them to get into the water or food supply or wind up on the street. Masters said it is especially important to dispose of medications properly because of the nationwide opioid epidemic, which killed more than 59,000 people in 2016, according to The New York Times.
Tina Nakagawa of North Augusta brought a large bag of medication that had accumulated over a number of years.
“I didn’t know what to do with them and heard about this so I though I could finally get rid of them,” she said.
The sheriff’s office sponsors three Drug Take Back events during the year. Those wishing to dispose of medications at other times may take them to the sheriff’s office, at 400 Walton Way, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.