Sheriff's office provides drop box for expired prescription drugs

Sheriff's office installs drop box for medicine

Monday, April 29, 2013 4:02 PM
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RCSO has placed a new prescription drop box in the lobby of the building that allows residents to help keep drugs off the streets. Anyone can drop unused or expired prescription medications off at the location during business hours. The box is checked and cleaned out three times a week. (TODD BENNETT/STAFF)  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
RCSO has placed a new prescription drop box in the lobby of the building that allows residents to help keep drugs off the streets. Anyone can drop unused or expired prescription medications off at the location during business hours. The box is checked and cleaned out three times a week. (TODD BENNETT/STAFF)

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has provided an alternative for disposing of unused or expired prescription drugs.

A drop box that resembles a metal mailbox has been placed in the sheriff’s office’s lobby at 400 Walton Way so residents can get rid of the drugs without the fear of their reaching the streets, in the hands of children, or damaging sewers or septic systems.

“The entire point of the operation is to have a safe way for people to dispose of drugs,” Sgt. Allan Rollins said. “Quite often, people call us and ask what to do with them. Now we have a drop box.”

The box, provided free by National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, was set up Friday afternoon. It will be available during business hours. The box will be emptied by officers each day and the drugs properly disposed of.

In addition to pills, police will accept patches, vials and other prescription medical items in their original packaging. They ask that people refrain from dropping syringes or other items that could prove dangerous.

“If it’s safe enough to drop, we’ll take it,” Rollins said.

Richmond County deputies have already been collecting drugs through the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Initiative.

As part of the initiative, law enforcement agencies around the country set up collection sites for several hours during several take-back days each year to allow residents to drop off drugs. The drop box, however, will be available every day.

Rollins said the sheriff’s office will continue to take part in the Take-Back Initiative. The most recent initiative was held Saturday in Rich­mond, Columbia and Aiken counties

According to the drug diversion association, prescription drugs have become the No. 1 substance of abuse for 12-to 17-year-olds.

Many of the drugs are obtained from the medicine cabinets of parents, grandparents and friends without their knowledge.

Investigators said prescription drug abuse has been growing in Richmond County. They hope the new option can help bring down those numbers.

“All they have to do is drop it and leave,” Rollins said. “There are no reports to fill out. We’ll take care of everything.”

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soitgoes 04/30/13 - 08:43 am
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good idea.

get the prescription drugs out of the cabinets before they hit the streets, or worse, the schools.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/13 - 09:22 am
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I don't plan to waste my gasoline to drive down to 400 Walton Way to drop off my pills. That would cause global warming for no good reason.

Some of the environmental whackos tell us that you should not flush unused medicine down the toilet because they slip right through the sewage treatment plants and enter our rivers — killing river creatures and entering the drinking water supply. I think that's alarmist rhetoric myself, and the whackos do not provide any actual measurements of medicine concentrations in drinking water to back up their shrill alarms.

But for those of you who plan to take the time and spend the fossil fuel to drive down to 400 Walton Way, I encourage you to take the pills out of the bottles before you drop them off. You would not want the sheriff and his deputies to know what prescription meds you are on, would you? With this background check mania we have going on around Liberalville, you never know what the gun control freaks might come up with. If they have you in a database as having once been prescribed Xanax or some anti-depressant or something else, they might deny you the right to purchase a weapon for self-defense or for target practice or for hunting.

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