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New drug disposal drop box coming to Aiken County

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 8:00 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2021 at 10:40 AM EDT
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BURNNETTOWN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - With the opioid crisis growing and accidental overdoses and deaths rising, Aiken County is adding a prescription drug disposal site.

At 5 p.m. Monday, leaders from the town of Burnettown and from Aiken Center for Substance Use Services will cut the ribbon on a new prescription drug drop box.

Community members may anonymously dispose of unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs.

The secure prescription drug drop box is at the Burnettown Town Hall, 3187 Augusta Road. It will be available for public use each Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2-5 p.m.

During this past year, Aiken Center’s prescription drug drop box partnerships with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the collection of more than 700 pounds of medications.

“We are so pleased to offer a third medication disposal option for the citizens of Aiken County,” said Margaret Key, executive director of the Aiken Center. “The good news is that everyone in Aiken County can help reduce the drug misuse risks. Keeping unused prescription drugs out of the wrong hands is crucial.”

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