Local drug take back day huge success

The Sumter County Sheriff ‘sOffice partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the “2020 National Drug Take Back Day” on a recent  Saturday.

Deputies were stationed at Walmart and Phoebe Sumter Medical Center where they collected a total 87.4 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter drugs. The event takes place twice a year and helps prevent the drugs from ending up in landfills and the local water supply. Studies conducted across the nation have found amounts of prescription drugs in various municipal water supplies, calling attention to the risk of flushing such drugs that can result in harm to unborn babies as well as adults and children.

drug take back semi-annual In addition to the event, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office also maintains a drug drop-off box in its lobby at the Sumter County Lawe Enforcement Center located on McMath Mill Road. This box is available seven days a week ,24 hours a day. Anyone can drop off unused prescription drugs for safe disposal.

We commend the local sheriff’s office and the DEA for this program in he effort to protect all citizens from having drugs infiltrate public water supplies or end up on the street.