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Prisma Health participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 23

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Program aimed at removing unused drugs from the home to avoid recreational use

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Prisma Health hospitals are participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 23. National Prescription Take Back Day aims to provide safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

The service is free and anonymous. No sharps or syringes will be accepted, and all locations for the special event will be manned by security.

As part of the Midlands Regional Trauma Advisory Committee and a Level One Trauma Center, Prisma Health Richland Hospital provides community education and outreach. Lara Peck, injury prevention coordinator, said, “We strive to educate and inform the community about the potential for unused prescription drugs to be abused or cause harm. We are excited to do our part by being a collection site for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to prevent unused prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands.”

Prisma Health Greenville Memorial also provides community education and outreach as a Level One trauma center. Some of the Upstate hospitals have locked prescription drop boxes available at all times.  “Getting unused and expired medications off the streets is paramount to reducing drug impairment and overdoses in the community. Drug take-back events are also a meaningful way to keep children safe from misuse of prescription drugs left in the home,” said Mike Walls, injury prevention and outreach coordinator with Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Prisma Health Hospitals participating in Drug Take Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, include:
Midlands hospitals:
  • Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia
    • Collection station front of 9 Richland Medical Park at the corner of Harden Street Extension and Broad Street.
    • No syringes or sharps will be accepted.
  • Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter
    • Collection station in front of the Medical Office Building 2 (MOB2)
    • Both controlled and non-controlled pills, patches, powders, and liquids as well as vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted.
    • No syringes or sharps will be accepted.
Upstate hospitals:
  • Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital                 
    • In front of the main entrance (Take Back Bin is next to Upstate Pharmacy on 1st floor).
    • No syringes or sharps will be accepted.
  • Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital                         
    • In front of main entrance (Take Back Bin is inside the Main Entrance).
    • No syringes or sharps will be accepted.
  • Prisma Health Hillcrest Memorial Hospital                     
    • In front of ER entrance (Take Back Bin is outside next to ER Entrance).
    • No syringes or sharps will be accepted.

Last October, Americans turned in almost 1 million pounds of prescription drugs at 4,587 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. DEA encourages families to turn in medicines:

  • Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
  • Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 
  • Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
  • Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about DEA national drug takeback events, visit DEATakeBack.com.

About Prisma Health

Prisma Health is a not-for-profit health company and the largest healthcare system in South Carolina. With nearly 30,000 team members, 18 acute and specialty hospitals, 2,947 beds and more than 300 outpatient sites with nearly 2,000 physicians, Prisma Health serves more than 1.2 million unique patients annually in its 21-county market area that covers 50% of South Carolina. Prisma Health’s goal is to improve the health of all South Carolinians by enhancing clinical quality, the patient experience and access to affordable care, as well as conducting clinical research and training the next generation of medical professionals. Visit PrismaHealth.org for more information.

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