Beaufort News

Beaufort County agencies arrange for safe disposal of unwanted prescription drugs

Beaufort County residents can toss out medicine that is unwanted or past its expiration date as part of a program sponsored by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, according to a news release Monday.

Purpose: To allow residents to get rid of unwanted medicines in a manner that avoids soil and water contamination, and that prevents unintentional poisoning, particularly among young children and older adults. A secure, tamper-proof depository box will be available at each of the three disposal sites. This is an amnesty event aimed at removing these potentially dangerous medications from circulation, according to the news release. No participant will be prosecuted for surrendering any medication.

When: All of the events will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Saturday, Beaufort County Public Works south (Benton Field Road, off Ulmer Road) in Bluffton; April 2, Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division headquarters (Summit Drive, off Dillon Road); May 7, Beaufort County Public Works north (Shanklin Road) in northern Beaufort County.

What can be disposed of: Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements.

What cannot be disposed of as part of this program: Liquid medications, syringes or medical waste.

The procedure: Participants will be provided scissors and markers for removing any personal information from the medication containers before placing them in the box. Sheriff's deputies will monitor the depository box at all times.

Other partners: Beaufort County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Department; Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling; Human Services Alliance; Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority; S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control; local fire departments; Beaufort Memorial Hospital and its LifeFit Community Health; Home Instead Senior Care; U.S. Marine Corps demand reduction program; Bi-Lo pharmacy; Naval Hospital Beaufort pharmacy.

Information or assistance: Call Master Sgt. Chris Sankowski of the Beaufort-Jasper Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force at 843-757-1575, extension 235.