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Drug locker makes disposal of unwanted medicines easier

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014

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This drug locker, located in the lobby of the Greer Police Department at 102 S. Main Street, makes it easier and more convenient for the disposal of unwanted drugs.
 

Jim Fair

This drug locker, located in the lobby of the Greer Police Department at 102 S. Main Street, makes it easier and more convenient for the disposal of unwanted drugs.

 

Greer’s “Drug Take Back” program got a lot easier with a drug locker located at the side entry to the Greer Police Department 102 S. Main Street.

The Greer PD annually coordinates collections for the disposal of unwanted medicines. Since 2010 more than 600 pounds has been collected by the police department at public drives held typically at drug stores.

“It was a process we had to go through to get the box,” Sgt. Chad Richardson said. “We had to determine the size, where it would be located and produce documentation how we would use it.”

Professional Pharmacy owned by Don Wall, donated the box. It is similar in size and shape of a postal box. “I was at the pharmacy and in conversation mentioned we were going to get a drug locker. Mr. Wall found out and told us to find a box that worked best for us and he would pay for it,” Richardson said.

Greer partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) national program. The drugs are collected anonymously and incinerated at the police department.

Two years ago the DEA suggested the Greer police department provide a permanent, secure drop for people wanting to dispose of their unwanted or outdated medicines.

It is no longer suggested a good practice to flush old medicines down the toilet or dump them down the sink drain. Drugs could get into the soil or water supply, creating an environmental hazard.

Call the GPD at 864-848-2194 for questions or to determine if over the counter medicines may be disposed.

 

 

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