Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Prescription drug abuse continues to be a major problem in the United States.
As part of the effort to address this problem, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has again partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for the fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back to collect and destroy expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The BCSO announced the initiative in a media release last week.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office located at 223 N. Live Oak Dr. in Moncks Corner, and at the Berkeley County Summary Court at 303B North Goose Creek Blvd. in Goose Creek.
Prescription drug abuse in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to abuse of these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Last year, the DEA destroyed over 180 tons of unwanted and expired drugs collected nationally.