Kohl's parking lot will serve as pill drop-off location

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, April 26, 2013

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- More than 60,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for accidental medication poisoning. That's why two groups are coming together Saturday to help you throw away expired or unused medicine. A retired local pharmacist says we should have been doing this years ago.

"Oh, everyone called you doc back in those days," that's how Dr. Haddon remembers the early days of his career.

Charles Haddon or "Buddy," as his friends call him, began his career in 1954 as a pharmacist in Atlanta. However, soon after he made the move to McDuffie County.

"Thompson -- 55 years," is how long Haddon said he lived there.

Haddon owned a pharmacy in Thomson until he retired, but he did experience something there he would never forget.

"In Thompson a policeman left out some aspirin and his child got a hold of it and died," Haddon told News 12.

That's how the Kohl's parking lot comes into play. On Saturday, April 27, the Columbia County Sheriff's office is partnering up for Operation Pill Drop.

They are asking parents, students and community members to come out and drop off expired or prescription pills they are not using anymore.

That's something Haddon wished they had back in his day. He told News 12 that people, "threw it down the toilet."

Even though he smiled as he said that, he says that's a pretty dangerous thing to do.

"It would get into the water system--streams--maybe the Savannah River even. It would dissolve and then re-circulate--hurt people that would take up the water," Haddon told News12.

That's something he definitely wouldn't recommend these days, but he does say it's good to check your medicine cabinet frequently.

"Every two or three months is good," Haddon said.

There are three different locations for you to use on Saturday:

  • Kohl's on Washington Road -- between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Parks Pharmacy in North Augusta on Georgia Avenue
  • The Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon

For additional information or to find out other locations and dates, visit grhealth.org/safe.kids.

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