Promptly remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from your home to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment. (www.fda.gov)
Here is a list of local sites that will take back and dispose of your unused medications all year round:
Open Drop Off:
- Beaufort County Government Building – 4819 Bluffton Prkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910*
- Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office – 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
- Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office – 2001 Duke St., Beaufort, SC 29902
- Bluffton Police Department – 101 Progressive Street, Bluffton, SC 29910**
- Chelsea Medical Center -719 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909
- CVS, Bluffton – 1006 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
- CVS Hilton Head Island – 10 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
- Ulmer Family Pharmacy – 68 Bluffton Rd. #6, Bluffton, SC 29910
- Walgreens, Okatie – 138 Okatie Center Blvd, Okatie, SC 29909
*In partnership with Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and LCAHY.
** In partnership with Bluffton Police Department and LCAHY.
- Burke’s Pharmacy – 1101 Main St., Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
- Bluffton Pharmacy – 167 Bluffton Rd B, Bluffton, SC 29910
Free DisposeRx Packets:
- Walmart Pharmacies
- Sams Club Pharmacies
(What is DisposeRx?)
LCAHY participates in National Take Back Day.
Proper Home Disposal:
Mix the medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds. This prevents thievery or diversion of medicines from the trash. Then, place the mixture in a container such as a zip-lock or sealable plastic bag, and throw the container away in your household trash. (www.fda.gov)
Safe Home Storage:
- Securely close all caps on medications after use.
- Remove medications from all locations that are easily accessible and in plain sight.
- Remind guests to choose safe storage of their medications while in your home.
- Talk to friends and family members about safe home storage.
Resources to Prevent Medicine Misuse/ Addiction