"We collected 58 pounds of prescription and over the counter medications. Two years ago we collected 33 pounds and last year we collected 18 pounds," Chief Tommy Culpepper said in a release. "So this year was a huge success. We really appreciate the reception of this event by the citizens of Cartersville and Bartow County."
Another 13 pounds was collected through Monday, bringing the total to 71 pounds.
CPD holds two take-back events a year, which are coordinated and sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. They're held in the spring and in the fall.
The purpose is to provide a proper way for people to dispose of medications they no longer need. Meds collected are then burned to prevent anyone else from obtaining them or getting information from the labels.
"Improper disposal of unwanted medications can lead to several safety issues," Culpepper said. "If they are thrown in the trash, someone else can find them and take them. If they are poured down the sink of flushed in the toilet, an environmental hazard is created."
Local authorities plan to advertise the spring event more heavily "so that more people will be aware that they have a safe method of getting rid of their unwanted medications," according to the release. It's also considering installing a permanent drop box at headquarters so that folks can dispose of their medications throughout the year.
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