Nearly 400 bottles of prescription medications collected during take-back event
Community members dropped off 375 bottles of prescription medications for proper disposal during a take-back event Thursday at Tidelands Health hospitals.
Tidelands Health, the region’s largest health care provider, partnered with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgetown Police Department to host the medication take-back event at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.
The take-back event helps ensure medications aren’t accidently ingested, stolen, misused or abused. It also gives residents a safe way to dispose of the medications so they aren’t flushed or poured down the drain, which can potentially harm the environment or allow trace amounts of the medications to enter the water supply.
“A big thank-you to all the community members who took advantage of our take-back event to get rid of unused medications in a smart and safe way,” said John LaRochelle, vice president of operations for Tidelands Health. “Together, we can make a difference and help ensure unused medications are disposed of properly.”
Of the 375 bottles of medications collected, 84 were controlled, opioid-based prescription medications used to treat pain.
In 2018, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription medications, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Most of the misused medications were obtained from family and friends – often from the home medicine cabinet.
Individuals unable to participate in last week’s take-back event can still dispose of medications properly by dropping them off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the collection bins at the Georgetown and Litchfield locations of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office or from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Georgetown Police Department.