The Cartersville Police Department will partner with CVS Pharmacy to participate in the nationwide Drug Take-Back program.
The agency will conduct the take-back on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the CVS at 13 North Tennessee Street in Cartersville.
Residents are encouraged to turn in their unused prescriptions as part of a national initiative coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The purpose is to provide a proper way for citizens to dispose of medications they no longer need.
Medications collected are burned to prevent anyone else from obtaining them or getting information from the prescription labels.
Cartersville police will not accept syringes or other biohazard items. Along with the event at CVS, the agency has set up a drop-box residents can use to discard of unwanted medications.
The box is located in the lobby of the Public Safety Headquarters at 195 Cassville Road and citizens can drop off medication 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the tan mailbox.
"We are very happy about this partnership with CVS," said Chief Thomas N. Culpepper. "At the take-back last fall we collected 55 pounds of unused medications and since January 1st of this year our drop-box in the lobby has collected 33 pounds. I am quite sure that as a result of our partnership with CVS these numbers will significantly increase."