Operation Medicine Drop to collect unused medications on April 28

Polk County residents will have an opportunity in April to properly dispose of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Operation Medicine Drop will be accepting items for disposal on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at CVS Pharmacy in Columbus. Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of state government and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication.

Items that will be accepted on April 28 include:

  • Pills
  • Capsules
  • Patches
  • Gels
  • Powders
  • Ointments
  • Syrups and liquids
  • Medication samples
  • Medications for pets
  • Vitamins
  • Sharps

If possible, drugs should be kept in the original containers or in sealed plastic bags. Labels should be removed or marked out for privacy reasons.

Items such as thermometers, IV bags, hydrogen peroxide, empty containers, inhalers, infectious waste and personal care items will not be accepted.

Permanent medication drop boxes are also available at the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as well as police departments in Columbus, Tryon and Saluda.