University of South Carolina

USC participating in National Take-Back Day Saturday

The University of South Carolina will participate April 30 in the National Take-Back Day for the public to turn in expired, unwanted or unused controlled pharmaceuticals and other medications for destruction.

Representatives from USC’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety will collect items from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in front of their office at 1501 Senate St.

Captain Eric Grabski, with the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, said the program is anonymous and covers only prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, tablets and capsules. Intra-venous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not a part of this initiative.

The event is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s national effort to encourage citizens to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from their homes.

According to the DEA, these drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

Saturday’s nationwide effort is the second such initiative intended to bring national focus on abuse of controlled substances.

Last September, Americans turned in more than 242,000 pounds, or 121 tons, of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law-enforcement partners.

For more information, go to www.dea.gov, or call Grabski at 803-777-4215.

 

Posted: 04/29/11 @ 5:00 PM | Updated: 04/29/11 @ 5:09 PM | Permalink