GREER – On Saturday, October 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Greer Commission of Public Works and the Greer Police Department will once again partner to get potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted medicine off the street.
“This event is one of the easiest ways to help out the community. What we’re asking people to do is look inside their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of anything that is out of date or not being used anymore,” said Sergeant Jeff Smith, Community Outreach Officer with the Greer Police Department.
Citizens are asked to bring their medicine, no questions asked to 301 McCall Street, Greer SC 29650 (CPW Headquarters). Please do not bring liquids, needles or sharp objects, only pills or patches.
A drive through will be set up in front of Greer CPW’s Customer Service Complex and citizens are asked to remain in their vehicles. The process should take less than 5 minutes.
WHO: CPW and Greer Police Drug Take Back Day
WHEN: Saturday, October 23, 2021
TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Greer CPW, 301 McCall Street
“We accept any kind of over the counter or prescription pills, including pet medicine for our annual drug take back day. This event has proven to be successful the past five years collecting nearly 1,000 pounds of pills,” Smith said.
In addition to keeping the drugs off the streets, Greer CPW encourages people to properly dispose of medicines instead of flushing or pouring them down the drains because it can impact future wildlife and water quality.
“When people pour or flush medicine down the drain, Greer CPW is unable to fully treat the medicine at our wastewater treatment plant. The pills are diluted and returned to the stream following the treatment process. This can pose significant risks to future drinking water, said Alison Rauch, Greer CPW Public Information Coordinator.
Community members interested in the drug take back day are asked to combine pills in one Ziploc bag and avoid bringing multiple bottles with personal information on them. Once the pills are collected in Greer, they will be taken to Columbia to be burned at high temperatures.
For those not able to attend, a drop off box is available 24/7 at the Greer Police Department – 102 South Main Street or at Greer Memorial Hospital.