Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise and every year, over 2 million poison exposures are reported in the U.S. In 2009, over 51 percent of reported poisonings in Georgia involved children ages 5 and under.
Together, the Clean Rivers for Rome and Operation Pill Drop programs offer the public a free and convenient option for disposing of prescription, over-the-counter medications (in pill and liquid form), needles and diabetes materials to protect their families and the environment. Items such as thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, inhalers, medical equipment and hydrogen peroxide will not be accepted.
These items can only be accepted at the locations and during the times listed below.
Clean Rivers for Rome Medication Drop-off Event
Redmond is partnering with Coosa River Basin Initiative, the DEA, Floyd County Police Department, the Rome Police Department and Safe Kids of Georgia for this important event. An armed officer will be on duty at both locations for the duration of the event.
“Our first event in May had an enormous response,” says Rick Nance, Pharmacy Director at Redmond. “We collected over 400 pounds of medication and that confirmed the need for this type of program to be offered in Rome and Floyd County. We are proud to be able to offer this important event to protect and promote safety in our community.”
For more information call 1-800-242-5662.
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