Operation Take Back Medications

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is strongly committed to the health and welfare of all of our citizens.  The Sheriff works very closely with other agencies to promote important services that will benefit all of our citizens.  The Sheriff is pleased to remind citizens about “Operation Take Back Medications” that will help the citizens of Richland County properly dispose of prescription medications. This program will also protect the environment, reduce pollution and assist in the removal of harmful contaminates to our health.  The program also provides a disposal opportunity as opposed to abuse opportunity that we see occurring in some of our youth.  

The proper disposal of unwanted, unused or expired medications is just another significant step in the right direction to help the citizens of Richland County.  Citizens will need to protect their personal information when disposing of all prescriptions.  It is always important that all personal data on the label of all medications be blocked out using a black magic or other permanent type marker before disposal of prescriptions.  The label on prescription bottles and packages often contain personal data, such as, but not limited to:

·        Patient’s Name, Patient’s Address, Type of Medication, Number of Refills Allowed, Date of the Current Refill, Doctor’s Name

In the wrong hands this data can be harmful to the person for whom the prescription was prescribed, an unauthorized user or drug abuser.  Each year countless numbers of our children are victims of accidental poisoning or even death due to prescription medications improperly disposed of, or carelessly left in their reach.

Deputies assigned to Project H.O.P.E. will assist citizens in Richland County with the safe disposal of all unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications.  Deputies will pick-up the medications from the lock boxes at the designated locations; complete an Incident Report; file property, along with the case number; finally, transporting the medications to the Evidence Room for proper disposal. The hours, days, locations and times for dropping off all unwanted, unused or expired medications are outlined below:

Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

1.      Region #1, 2615-B Lower Richland Blvd., Columbia, SC 29061, (803) 576-1470

2.      Region #2, 2500 Decker Blvd,   Columbia, SC 29206,  (803) 788-1667

3.      Region #3, 6429 Bishop Avenue, Columbia, SC 29203, (803) 576-2215

4.      Region #4, 1019 Beatty Road, Columbia, SC 29210,  (803) 576-1455

5.      Region #6, 96 Lake Carolina Blvd.,  Columbia, SC 29229,  (803) 865-8011

6.      Region #7,  1405  Screaming Eagle Road  Columbia, SC Elgin SC (803) 576-1420

7.      Region #8,   409 Henry Street, Eastover, SC 29044

*The only 24 hour/7 day a week drop off is the Sheriff’s Department Main Headquarters

o       5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia SC 29223 (803) 576-3000    

5623 Two Notch Road 
Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
(803) 576-3000 phone (803) 576-3195 fax

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