THE LIFELINES CONNECTIONS
Safe Deposit for Unused Medications
Have you ever wondered what you should do with medications that have expired or are no longer useful to you? The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that consumers and caregivers remove unused, unwanted and expired medicines from your home promptly to reduce the risk of others accidentally taking or misusing it and to reduce the risk of those medicines entering the environment. The risk is real. Accidental exposures affect 60,000 children annually in the U.S. who are taken to emergency departments. And the FDA reports there are 450,000 annual calls to poison centers regarding accidental exposures. It is an unnecessary health risk for your family to keep medicines that are no longer needed, especially if there are children present. The FDA recommends only a small number of meds can be safely flushed down the toilet when they are no longer needed. So how can you keep your family and environment safe? In Greenwood County, we are fortunate to have 2 safe options for medication disposal when you are cleaning out the medicine cabinet.
Greenwood County has a FREE and safe drop off site called “The Green Box”. Through a partnership funded by the Greenwood County Sherriff Office, The Greenwood County Hospital and Eureka Pharmacy, you can anonymously drop off any amounts of unused and unwanted medications in “The Green Box” located in the hospital administration office anytime Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. All drugs or medications are accepted but they DO NOT accept syringes, inhalers or liquids according to Isaac Boone, pharmacist. He added, “… having an anonymous drop off site allows caregivers or others to use the drop off site with no questions asked.” Remove pharmaceuticals from your prescription bottle when placing them in the Green Box or remove or mark through your name and other identifying information on the pharmacy labels to retain your anonymity and to protect your identity. The Green Box is the only drop off site in Greenwood County but there is another safe alternative to dispose of unwanted and unused medications.
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