Greenville, S.C. (April 28, 2016) – Greenville County residents are estimated to bring home five million prescriptions per year, and many people turn to the trash or the toilet when they no longer need the drugs. On Friday, April 29, Project Rx: A River Remedy will offer a permanent solution to drug disposal with the unveiling of a year-round drop-box at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
The drop-box is a free, secure, anonymous service that provides the safest way to dispose of unwanted or expired medication. By installing this drop-box, Project Rx aims to educate residents about the impact that improper medication disposal can have on local waterways as well as continue to provide an easy disposal method.
“Many people aren’t aware of the dangers of flushing your old medication, but it has a significant impact on our water quality,” said Ashley Rhinehart, Public Relations Coordinator at ReWa. “By offering a safe, free alternative, we’ll protect our waterways and keep our community safe, year-round.”
The ability to provide this service year-round also helps prevent prescription drug abuse. Previously, Project Rx hosted a biannual drug take-back event. The installation of the permanent drop-box will take the place of those events. Year-round availability allows individuals to dispose of prescription medications at their own convenience, keeping them out of the hands of children.
The collection site will accept unwanted or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, and veterinary medications from households only. Sharps or syringes will not be accepted.
The drop-box is located inside Greenville Memorial Hospital near Upstate Medical Pharmacy, and is available 24/7. The medication drop-box located at the Greenville County Law Enforcement Center (4 McGee St.) will remain available for the community as well.
The Project Rx taskforce has been combatting this issue since 2010, and has collected a total of 10,866 lbs. of unwanted medication, approximately the weight of nearly four compact cars. With the support of local law enforcement, the medication collected is properly disposed of through incineration.
The organizations that have played a key role in the success of the campaign includes: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, Greenville County Medical Society, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Health System, Greenville Technical College, Renewable Water Resources, and Upstate Forever, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, The Greenville News, Greenville Journal, Martin Printing, and Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.
For more information, visit the Project Rx website at www.ariverremedy.org or call 864-299-4000.
Project Rx: A River Remedy
Founded in 2010, Project Rx: A River Remedy is a local collaboration of community organizations united to help keep our rivers and residents safe from unused medications. As a safe alternative to flushing unwanted medications down the drain, or leaving them at home within the reach of the wrong hands, this program allows Upstate residents to bring prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements to a drop-box for a free and safe disposal, the perfect remedy for our community.
Renewable Water Resources (ReWa)
ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while providing and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure for the growing economy. ReWa serves more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens Counties.