Nearly 1,200 pounds of unused pills collected in Lowcountry

Lowcountry residents turned in nearly 1,200 pounds of unused pills to local law enforcement agencies Saturday.

About 1,182 pounds of potentially dangerous pills were collected during the 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, according to Robert Murphy, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s assistant special agent in charge for South Carolina. That’s almost twice as much that was gathered last year, he said.

Law agents on Saturday collected the pills at several locations in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown and Beaufort counties.

“We are happy to work with our military and law enforcement partners across the Lowcountry to perform a community service by taking these dangerous drugs off the streets, preventing them from being abused,” Murphy said in an email.

Prescription pills can contaminate water supplies if flushed down the toilet, according to the DEA, or they can end up in the wrong hands if kept around the house or thrown into the trash.

Reach Dave Munday at (843) 937-5553.