Cobb County Government

Award-winning drug disposal event returns

Public safety personnel help
monitor the event, which provides
a legal and safe way to dispose of
excess or expired medicines.

Staff Reports

Keep Cobb Beautiful will hold another free medication disposal event this month, continuing the award-winning program to help safely rid households of expired and unused pharmaceuticals.

The next Medication Disposal Day will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at the East Cobb Senior Center in Marietta. Items accepted include: liquid and pill form medications, sharps and needles, diabetes materials, catheters and tubing. No durable medical equipment will be collected.

In June, the National Association of Counties honored Keep Cobb Beautiful with a 2011 Achievement Award for the program, which had just started the previous year.Officials said the program has so far collected and incinerated more than 3,000 pounds of medications, sharps and other personal care pharmaceuticals that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill or the water supply.

The disposal of the drugs not only helps the environment, but also helps prevents the theft and illegal use of prescription medicines.

The event involves cooperative work between Keep Cobb Beautiful, the Cobb Water System, Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Senior Services.

County staff and law enforcement personnel will be at the location to collect medications and properly dispose of them in compliance with federal law.

Nothing will be accepted at any county facility or by any county staff member before, or after, the scheduled dropoff day. Participants will drive up and remain in their vehicles while staff and law enforcement collect the medications. There is no cost to participate.

The East Cobb Senior Center is located at 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. For more information about Medication Disposal Day, please call Cobb County Water System at 770-4196244; or visit the website at KCB Home Page.