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Project Rx Encourages Proper Medicine Disposal

Posted September 2, 2015 in Press Release

News Release

rewa

Contact:
Ashley Rhinehart
(864)-299-4000 x283

Project Rx Encourages Proper Medicine Disposal 

Greenville, S.C. (September 2, 2015) –Upstate residents are encouraged to dispose of unwanted medications safely by dropping them off at more locations than ever before during the 10th Project Rx: A River Remedy, to be held later this month.

The annual drug take-back event will occur on September 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will provide seven medication collection sites across the Upstate.  Participants can visit these locations:

 

McAlister Square – 225 South Pleasantburg Drive

St. Francis Millennium near CU-ICAR – 2 Innovation Drive

Greenville Memorial Hospital- 701 Grove Road  

Greer Memorial Hospital-830 South Buncombe Road  

Hillcrest Memorial Hospital- 729 South East Main Street, Simpsonville

Oconee Medical Campus- 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca

Laurens County Memorial Hospital- 22725 US-76, Clinton

The collection sites offer free and anonymous acceptance of unwanted or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and 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.

The Project Rx taskforce is led by a community collaboration of 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.

Supporting organizations include Keep Greenville County Beautiful, The Greenville News, Greenville Journal, Martin Printing, and Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.

Project Rx launched in November 2010. The nine events held to date have collected a combined 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.

For more information, visit the Project Rx website at www.aRiverRemedy.orgor call 864-299-4000.

 

Project Rx: A River Remedy

Project Rx: A River Remedy is a local collaboration of community organizations united to help keep our rivers and residents safe from unused medications. Founded in 2010, Project Rx pulls together multiple community resources to hold take-back events semi-annually. 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 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.

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