Saluda collects 55 pounds of unwanted medication 

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

SALUDA — The Saluda Police Department recently took 55 pounds of unwanted medications to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for disposal.  

The Saluda Board of Commissioners met earlier this week, and heard from City Manager Jonathan Cannon about the large amount of medication the police department has collected.  

Saluda’s police department provides a no-cost medication collection point at the at the police department and emptied out a bin on Jan. 16. Cannon said that the 55 pounds of medication did not include packaging or containers — just the pills.  

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“Citizens should not that medications can be dropped at the police department anytime an officer is on duty by calling the police department at 828-749-2691 and making an appointment to meet an officer,” Cannon said. “Medications can also be dropped off during city hall normal business hours by stopping into city hall. No personal information is collected, and no questions are asked of anyone who drops medications at the collection point.”  

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office also has a collection bins for unused and unwanted medications. CVS and local law enforcement agencies also frequently set up collection points for residents to dispose of their medications.