Drug take back being held Saturday

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 8:49 AM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 12:32 AM
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An event aimed at collecting all unused and potentially dangerous medications is scheduled for Saturday.

During Take Back Day, people across the nation are asked to collect drugs not being used and dispose of them at one of the participating locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events are aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse.

The service is free and anonymous.

It is the fifth take-back day, which is organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency. People participating in the four previous events over the last two years turned in 1.6 million pounds of prescription drugs nationwide.


Richmond County Board of Education Police, 864 Broad Street

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office collecting from Kohl’s, 4227 Washington Road

Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, 300 East Hospital Road, Fort Gordon

North Augusta Public Safety collecting from Parks Pharmacy, 437 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta

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OpenCurtain 09/27/12 - 09:48 am
B.O.E. collecting drugs?

Comment based on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 8:49 AM article.

Who at the B.O.E. is responsible for disposal and how?
It seems the other locations have Law Enforcement or Medical related collections?

Seems like a lot of extra effort when you can just flush them.

shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 09/27/12 - 10:55 am
Open Curtain

I didn't get the BOE thing either. They must just be responsible for the drugs until they get them to wherever they go.
I've heard in the last year or so that you're not supposed to flush them anymore. Something to do with the ground water. I must admit that's what I always did.
If I knew when they held these take-back things I'd hang on to whatever we had and go to this.
You know I don't know how my wife has been getting rid of our extras. I think it has something to do with cat litter though! I know she's a stickler for removing all the information from the bottles.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/27/12 - 11:53 am

It's simpler to just flush them down the toilet instead of wasting all that gas and time to drive to the BOE building or Kohl's between 10 and 2. Hey, they could make a party out of it and have the takeback party downtown a week from tomorrow at First Friday!

OpenCurtain 09/27/12 - 09:05 pm
Shrimp - what about what I do take vs. left overs

The EPA calls these Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Pollutants (PPCPs). I have read a few good medical studies, a few years ago, that showed expelled Birth control hormones have been documented to cause fertility problems in communities down stream from larger cities. Caffeine is discharged as treated water and eventually makes its way back into water supplies. Which a study showed a relation to sleeping problems for downstream treated water users.

Our body recognizes many things and drugs as "foreign substances." So it removes them, usually by #1 or eventually by #2. Many are removed unchanged by the kidneys. When any foreign item is swallowed it goes eventually makes its way to the liver before circulating to the rest of the body? So about 5% to 12% of many common med's are not absorbed and are expelled. So my point here is, isn't the end result pretty much the same, as if I flush 4 of 5 pills left over after a 90 day supply?

The original real goal was not being "PC Green" back in 1967. When I was Boy Scout, we did it because loose meds were resulting in misuse and child poisonings/overdoses.

Connor Threlkeld
Connor Threlkeld 09/28/12 - 12:40 am
The event is supposed to be

The event is supposed to be held on an annual basis, I'm not sure if it's the same week every year.

We moved about a year ago, and discovered some expired medication while packing. I took it down to the RCBOE offices at this time last year and there were two members of law enforcement standing outside with a receptacle. Souned like they didn't have much to show for their efforts, but I was glad to get rid of the stuff. DEA website says last year's event took in about 276 tons of drugs nationwide.


I've heard one alternative is to dispose of it in a way that deters people who may dig through garbage looking for drugs, like by dumping it in used cat litter. Seems drug stores used to take them back at any time, but that practice has largely ended.

vsr812 09/28/12 - 10:44 am

i've got some old hydrocodone, and other pain meds, but i'm scared to get rid of them...never know when you will need it and I just don't believe in those expiration dates anyway! The pills might not be as strong but in an emergency when you can't get to the doctor or ER ya gotta have something! How many people are doing this too? Just want to keep your old meds for JUST IN CASE ?? I can't be the only one can I?

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