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Georgetown authorities provide safe disposal for unwanted medications

Officials at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office are now accepting old and unwanted medication to residents for free and safe disposal.
Officials at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office are now accepting old and unwanted medication to residents for free and safe disposal. GCSO

Residents wishing to rid their medicine cabinets of old or unwanted prescription drugs will now be able to safely dispose of them at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, thanks to a collaborative effort from law enforcement and other organizations.

CVS Pharmacy has teamed up with The Partnership at Drugfree.org and created a public program in which law enforcement agencies can apply to receive a drug collection unit where citizens can throw out unwanted medicines freely and safely, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Residents are welcome to bring any medications, including controlled substances and patches, to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 430 N. Fraser St. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dispose of them in the drug collection unit.

However, the collection unit will not be accepting liquids, needles, thermometers or inhalers.

Unused medications that sit in home cabinets are highly likely to be misused or abused, according to the press release.

Information in the press release also warned that disposal methods, such as throwing medicine in the trash or flushing it down the toilet can be hazardous.

For more information about the medication collection, call the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 546-5102.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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