Prescription Drug Take Back Program
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 16.3 million people reported misusing psychotherapeutic drugs — prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives — in the past year. Many of these prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, oftentimes from home medicine cabinets.
As it has in every city and county nationally, the prescription drug crisis has affected us here in Beaufort County.
In 2018, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Beaufort Memorial Hospital joined efforts to keep unused prescription drugs off the street by offering secure drop boxes for the safe disposal of medications.
“We are keenly aware of the growing opioid epidemic, and we know that one of the many opportunities for abuse and accidental overdose exists in people’s own homes,” Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said at the time. “We want to provide safe, secure disposal sites for these drugs, and these drop boxes are a great place to start.”
Beaufort County residents can find the drug drop-off boxes at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays:
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center
2001 Duke St.
Beaufort County Government Center
4819 Bluffton Parkway
HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office
70 Shelter Cove Lane