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Cartersville Police To Hold Drug Take-Back Day

The agency will partner with CVS Pharmacy to collect unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications on Saturday, April 26.

Credit: Drug Enforcement Agency
Credit: Drug Enforcement Agency

The Cartersville Police Department is teaming up with CVS Pharmacy to collect unwanted or unused drugs from local residents.

The agency will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's nationwide Drug Take-Back program. Cartersville police will be collecting unused prescription or over-the-counter medications on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Officers will be stationed at CVS at 13 North Tennessee Street. 

The department does not accept syringes and other bio-hazard items. Once collected, the drugs are burned so residents will not have to remove the labels from each bottle or box turned in. 

Along with Saturday's event, the agency has a tan drop-box in the lobby of the Cartersville Public Safety Headquarters, which sits at 195 Cassville Road.

Residents can drop off medications 24 hour a day, seven days a week. The contents are also burned on a regular basis. 

"We are very happy about this partnership with CVS," said Chief Thomas 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."

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