AAMC CEO Dean Turner (left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding for hosting the new medication drop box. Also pictured is Abbeville Police Department Investigator Dwane Balchin (center) and Abbeville Police Chief Ron Bosler (right), whose department will be responsible for monitoring and disposing of the medications collected.
The Be Well Abbeville Coalition is pleased to announce the addition of a new prescription medication drop box through the Substance Abuse Task Force. The box is located in AAMC’s emergency department waiting area.
“This adds to our existing drop box locations, to provide easy access to all of our Abbeville County residents,” according to Cornerstone Prevention Specialist, Betsy Royal.
Boxes are also located at the Due West Police Department and in the main lobby of the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office.
Amanda Morgan, AAMC Community Health Specialist stated, “It is important to know that these boxes are not for liquid medications or needles but there are resources available for those items.”
Contact Cornerstone, AAMC or participating law enforcement agencies for more information.
“This new drop box is the result of a community collaboration and was funded by a grant focused on decreasing prescription drug misuse and abuse,” stated Allen Easler, Prevention Coordinator for Cornerstone.
According to Easler, Abbeville County received this funding due to the high number of opioid prescription pills dispensed to Abbeville County residents, a high drug overdose rate, and a high rate of NARCAN administrations.
For more information about safe storage and disposal of prescription medications visit www.justplainkillers.com or www.cornerstonecares.org.