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Project Rx: A River Remedy Offers Free Medication Disposal

Posted September 14, 2014 in Articles

Greenville, S.C. (September 15, 2014)– Project Rx: A River Remedy will hold its ninth drug take-back event on Saturday, September27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Upstate residents to properly dispose of their unused or unwanted prescription medications.

“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 drugs can disrupt the balance of life in our lakes, rivers and streams,” said Nancy Fitzer, education director at Upstate Forever.“Scientific studies have found that even extremely diluted concentrations of pharmaceutical residues can cause harm to fish, frogs, crustaceans and other aquatic species.”

Project Rx continues in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) providing multiple collection sites across the Upstate. Full location details are continually updated can visit the Greenville drive-thru locations:

McAlister Square – 225 South Pleasantburg Drive
ST. FRANCIS millennium – 2 Innovation Drive
Greenville County Medical Society- 1395 S. Church Street

The collection sites offer FREE and ANONYMOUS acceptance of unwanted or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and veterinary medications from households only. Sharps or syringes will not be accepted. Participants should leave the name of the drug visible on medication labels and use a black permanent marker to eliminate any personal information.

“This collaboration has shown to be essential for so many reasons, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our partners to ensure the success of another Project Rx event,” said Ashley Rhinehart, public relations coordinator for Renewable Water Resources.

“As a primary care physician and a member of the Greenville County Medical Society, I am proud to support this community initiative and excited to join other physicians, pharmacists and volunteers in their efforts to protect our community and our local environment from the dangers of improper
handling and disposal of medications,” said Stefanie M. Putnam, M.D.,primary care physician with GHS Heritage Pediatrics and Internal Medicine–Simpsonville.

The Project Rx taskforce is led by partnershipsbetween Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, Greenville County Medical Society, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Family Partnership, Greenville Technical College, US Drug Enforcement Administration, Upstate Forever and Renewable Water Resources (ReWa).

Supporting organizations include Greenville Journal,The Greenville News,Greenville Water, Martin Printing, Presbyterian College, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, Powdersville Water District, The City of Greenville and Whole Foods Market. For more information, visit the Project Rx, Facebook page- or call 864-467-4099.