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Lowcountry agencies to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Lowcountry law enforcement officials are gearing up for Saturday's National Drug Take-Back day. Officers will be set up at locations around the Lowcountry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Organizers call it an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted over-the-counter prescription drugs.

"75% of new heroin users today actually started their misuse of heroin’s cousins, legitimate cousins in the medicine cabinet…the hydrocodone and oxycodones,” said Jason Sandoval with the Drug Enforcement Agency. “Why those hydrocodones were available was that there were extra pills left after a legitimate prescription.”

The DEA has a search tool available here allowing users to find a complete list of drug take back locations across the Lowcountry. Many of the locations are available as drop-off points year round.

"Those drugs in the medicine cabinet, they’re no less lethal, they’re no less addictive than the drugs you would think about as traditional drugs of abuse like heroin and methamphetamine," Sandoval added.

Drug take back locations do not accept syringes, liquids, or inhalers.

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