If you have unwanted prescription pills, don’t flush them or toss them into the garbage. Instead, a drop off box is available 24-hours a day at the Chattooga County Jail.
The metal container, which looks like an outdoors post office box, is located just inside the doorway of the jail. The sheriff says the public has been receptive to the idea of removing unwanted prescriptions. His department has incinerated more than 250 pounds of pills and leftover prescription liquids.
The sheriff placed the box in the jail so that people could have 24-hour access. People can drop expired or unused medication, over-the-counter medication, medication samples, pet medications, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers, unopened Epi-pens and liquid medication.
“Leave medication in the original package or prescription bottle. Cross out your name and address, but please do not cover up the name of the medication.”
There are several items the jail won’t take. Those include:
* Needles, lancets and syringes
* IV bags
* Bloody or infections waste
* Hydrogen Peroxide
* Business waste from nursing homes or group homes.
* Empty pill containers
* Personal care products like shampoo, etc.
The sheriff says people can drop off syringes at the office at the county’s garbage transfer station, Stockade Road, Summerville.