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Ninth Project Rx Event Collects 899 lbs. of Medication

Posted September 29, 2014 in Articles Tagged ,

Community Collaboration Provides Proper Drug Disposal to the Public

Greenville, S.C. (September 29, 2014)– Project Rx: A River Remedy held its ninth successful drug take-back event on Saturday, September 27th for Upstate residents to properly dispose of their unused or expired medications.

Project Rx hosted three sites in the Upstate and collected 899 lbs. of medications. The event was held in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who held additional collection sites across the Upstate. In total, Project Rx and DEA locations collected 1,738 lbs. of prescription and overthe-counter medications for proper disposal. Additionally, Project Rx encourages the protection of our local environment by recycling cardboard, paper, glass and pill bottles at the event.

“Many of us have been taught to dispose of unwanted medications by flushing them down the toilet, sending them right into our waterways. But even trace amounts of these drugs can disrupt the balance of life in our lakes, rivers and streams,” said Nancy Fitzer, education director at Upstate Forever, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sensible growth and protecting special places in the Upstate.

The mission of Project Rx is to protect Upstate residents and local rivers from potential drug abuse or improper disposal which could harm our local waterways. The Project Rx taskforce is led by partnerships among Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, DEA, Greenville County Medical Society, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Technical College, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) and Upstate Forever.

Supporting organizations include Greenville Journal, Greenville Water, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, Martin Printing, Powdersville Water District, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, The City of Greenville, The Greenville News and Whole Foods Market.

For more information, visit the Project Rx website at www.aRiverRemedy.org, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ariverremedy or call 864-467-4099