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Published on February 22, 2019

Medication take-back program coming Feb. 28 to Tidelands Health hospitals

Safely and conveniently dispose of expired, unused and unwanted medications next week at Tidelands Health hospitals.

Tidelands Health is partnering with the Georgetown Police Department and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office to host medication take-back events on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Members of the community can stop by the hospitals from 2-6 p.m. to safely and anonymously dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Responsible disposal helps prevent medicines from being flushed or poured down the drain, potentially harming the environment or allowing trace amounts of the medications to enter the water supply. Senior examines bottles in medicine cabinet.

Plus, unused medications in homes can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.

More than half of people who misused prescription pain relievers obtained them from a friend or relative, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The pills were either offered for free, bought or taken without asking.

“Many of us have prescription medications in our cabinet that have gone unused or that we’re saving in case we might need them,” said John LaRochelle, vice president of operations for Tidelands Health. “Those medications can be dangerous and need to be disposed of properly.”

The prescription drug take-back program is only open to residential households.

Individuals should not bring illegal substances, aerosol cans, anything containing a bodily fluid or blood, mercury thermometers, personal care products or household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides, oil and gas.
Individuals unable to attend the drop-off events next week can dispose of unused prescription medications from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays in collection bins at the Georgetown and Litchfield locations of the Georgetown County Sherriff’s Office or from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays at the Georgetown Police Department.

In addition, a variety of other law enforcement agencies and pharmacies also offer medication disposal bins. For more information, please contact the applicable agency or pharmacy.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.