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Florence Police collect unwanted drugs

April 28, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Florence Police Department conducted a drug-collection event Saturday with officers stationed at West Florence High School and Florence First Baptist Church to handle drop-offs and give residents a chance to clean out their medicine chests.

“We just started and it’s been pretty good. We already have a bag full and it’s been less than an hour,” said Florence police Lt. Joe Nida, who was stationed at the high school.

Within minutes half a bag more arrived from a man who hadn’t cleaned out the family’s medicine chest in about 20 years, he said.

“We hear the common story of hearing a loved one pass and from there they get stuck with stuff,” Nida said. “This one young lady, her husband passed about two years, and didn’t know there were opportunities like this to get rid of it, dispose of it.”

Once collected the material will be turned over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, which will incinerate it so it doesn’t end up in the water supply.

In addition to the six-month cycle the Florence police are on, Nida said, some pharmacies are starting to offer secure drop-off boxes and there is also a box in the lobby of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Effingham.

Nida said that for the homebound and elderly who might have trouble getting out, if they called the department a pickup could likely be arranged.

For more information on the program, Nida said, residents could either go online to www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539 to find out when and where the next event will be.