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KPD to Host Drug Take Back Event

It is one of two collection events in Kennesaw on Saturday.

Need to clear out your medicine cabinet?

Drop off any unwanted and expired medications during the Kennesaw Police Department's Drug Take Back event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the back parking lot of City Hall, 2539 J.O. Stephenson Ave.

The event, one of two collection initatives in Kennesaw on Saturday, is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The Kennesaw Police Department, which is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration, hopes it will curb pill abuse and theft.

“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said in a statement. “DEA remains hard at work to establish just such a drug disposal process, and will continue to offer take-back opportunities until the proper regulations are in place.”

In addition to the Kennesaw Police Department, Keep Cobb Beautiful and Kaiser Permanente will host Medication Disposal Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cobb Police Precinct 1, 2380 Cobb Pkwy. NW., according to West Cobb Patch.

Cris Eaton Welsh September 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Because the LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO IS FLUSH THEM! Read your prescription information that comes with your drugs! There is a small number of medicines that may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal in a single dose if they are used by someone other than the person the medicine was prescribed for. List of medicines recommended for disposal by flushing. For this reason, a few medicines have specific disposal instructions that indicate they should be flushed down the sink or toilet when they are no longer needed and when they cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. When you dispose of these medicines down the sink or toilet, they cannot be accidently used by children, pets, or anyone else. You may have also received disposal directions for these medicines when you picked up your prescription. 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332). http://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/ensuringsafeuseofmedicine/safedisposalofmedicines/ucm186187.htm
Joe Bozeman September 26, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Chris, I believe this a situation of individual responsibility. I hate to think of flushing something down my through with a glass of water that cannot be flushed down my toilet. I am sorry, but I believe this to be a bunch of nonsense. If the sewer system is not safe for unused drugs, how can I be sure I will not gets AIDS because an AIDS patient urinated in their toilet or get some type of infection from the blood of a dead person put into the sewer system from a funeral home. I was honestly shocked and surprised when I was told that the waste from a funeral home went straight into the sewer system. If anyone doubts I heard this, ask Bruce Jenkins he was there too.
Bill September 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I usually take my expired medication and put the pills inside a rolled up piece of bread and leave them out for the squirrels. Makes for fun watching the little furry rats zip around the branches.
Susan VanHemert September 28, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The date and time for this event is Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Rodney Thrash September 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Yes, that's correct, Susan. Both events are tomorrow.

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