Cartersville police to participate in drug take back
by Shaka S. Lias
Apr 29, 2011 | 1662 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Capt. J.K. Black with the Cartersville Police Department wants to be sure residents understand what's going on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.-- a prescription drug take back, no questions asked. "Some people may be skittish of the police, but this is just a drop off," he said.

There will be no questions asked and no one will be checked. "We're not asking for any names or information," he assured.

According to Black, the CPD is participating with the Drug Enforcement Administration in taking back all unused, expired or unwanted medication to be properly disposed of.

"The only thing we ask is not to bring anything that would be classified as a bio hazard," Black said. That includes needles and syringes. Liquid bottle medicines and over the counter drugs can also be dropped off.

Last year the CPD participated and although the turnout wasn't as expected, Black said they collected 33 pounds of medication.

"When you think about bottles of medication, 33 pounds is a pretty good bit," he said.

For those concerned about labels with their identification on medicine, Black said indiviuals can remove it if they like or leave it on. The bottles will be burned, "It's totally secure, no one will have access to any names," Black said.

Black said two major problems with prescription drugs are people taking ones that are not prescribed to them and drugs not kept in their original container.

"It's a violation of the law [and] a lot of people are unfamiliar with that," he said.

Black said he's hoping to have a good turnout, but regardless of how a individual decides to dispose of the pills he's requesting one thing.

"If you dispose, do not flush it down the toilet," he said. "It's something that seems to be on the rise that people are doing."

Black said he realizes that's a quick and easy way, but it's also dangerous because it can contaminate the water supply.

The CPD is located at 178 W. Main St. A tent will be set up in the parking lot.

Last year Americans turned in 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs at different law enforcement sites throughout the country.