GCSO taking up expired, unwanted pills

Teresa Roy, director of community outreach at Cornerstone, said the organization offers free Deterra drug deactivation packs to people who come in to request them.

Part of fighting the opioid crisis is making sure lawful medications don’t end up in the wrong hands — so the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Day event is a big part of local agencies trying to remove expired or unwanted pills.

The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the take back from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the jury parking lot beside the sheriff’s office at the corner of Edgefield and Oak Street. Capt. Amy Tyler said employees will be under a red tent, taking up pills and capsule medications to safely dispose of them.

“With today’s epidemic of opioids and pills being so readily available, we want to stop the young people who are getting pills from medicine cabinets at their homes from taking them to sell or either just to take to get high on,” Tyler said.

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