COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – More than 2,000 pounds of drugs were turned in through drug take-back programs for prescription drugs across South Carolina.
It’s a way for people to safely get rid of unused and expired medications.
The take-back is outlined in the State Law Enforcement Division’s Opioid Emergency Response Plan, which outlines seven goals.
One includes having a drop box for opioids in every county.
Hurricane Florence slowed down the take-back operation the agency planned for last October. So now many agencies are over-run with the drugs.
“We’re just waiting to figure out how to dispose of it because, if we don’t then our evidence room is going to be logged full of medication that we can’t get rid of,” said Chief Gary Buley with the Loris Police Department.
Law enforcement will take collected drugs to Columbia
SLED then delivers them to Huntsville, Alabama where they are destroyed.