Marietta Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)are offering a Medication Disposal Program for the public on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

This is an opportunity for residents of Cobb to safely dispose of outdated or unused over the counter and prescription medications. Staff and law enforcement personnel will be at this location to collect medications and properly dispose of them in compliance with Federal law.

Medication Disposal Days lead to the collection of more than 3,000 pounds of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies each year. Residents from throughout the county participated in the events.

“We were really pleased with the response we received,” KCB Public Programs Coordinator Gwen Baldwin said.

Instead of forcing residents to make an ill-advised choice between throwing these drugs in the trash or flushing them into the community water system, this program allows people a safe way to dispose of these potentially hazardous substances.

The program has the additional benefit of removing the potential for these drugs to be stolen or used illegally. A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that such abuse has increased, with 20 percent of teens saying they have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.

“We hope Keep Cobb Beautiful is giving more options for people to be able to make more responsible choices in recycling and proper waste disposal,” Baldwin said.

The common disposal methods of prescription drugs and other medical supplies are considered a potential hazard to the community’s water supply – particularly its ecology, she said.

Date:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am to 2pm

Address:
Marietta Police Department
240 Lemon St
Marietta, Ga 30060

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

 

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