New Drug Drop Off Box At Duncan PD

The Forrester Center and Duncan Police join forces

Ed Jenson
July 11, 2017 - 11:41 am

In their continued efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Spartanburg County, The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health and the Duncan Police Department (DPD) have partnered to install a new 68-gallon prescription drug drop box.

The drop box, which was purchased by The Forrester Center, is housed within the DPD (50 Hughes Street, Duncan, SC). The drop box is open to the public, and medications can be dropped off anonymously Monday – Thursday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.

"We are very excited to partner with the Duncan Police Department to provide the community with increased access to this safe and secure way to dispose of unwanted medicines and pharmaceuticals,” said Susan O’Brien, Executive Director of The Forrester Center. “One of the primary pathways to heroin use is the abuse of prescription drugs, and this medication drop box will help reduce the amount of unwanted medications that are easily accessible to anyone that wishes to misuse them. When we ask youth in Spartanburg how they typically access prescription drugs without a valid prescription, the number one response is from their family/friend’s medicine cabinets."

Items that will be accepted includes: Prescriptions (including Patches and Ointments), Over-the-Counter Medications, Vitamins, and Pet Medications.

Items that will not be accepted includes: Needles, Inhalers, Aerosol Cans, Thermometers, Lotion/Liquids, Hydrogen Peroxide.

“With the continued rise of the abuse of prescription medications, we are proud to partner with The Forrester Center in their effort to get unused medication disposed of properly, and to keep it out of the hands of persons who wish to misuse it,” said Chief C.E. Long, Duncan Police Department.

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