The 10th National Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for September 22nd but Cobb County is leading the way for Georgia. They held their own Medication Disposal Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on September 12th. Keep Cobb Beautiful partnered with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Cobb County’s Water Department, Dept of Public Safety and Senior Services to offer a safe alternative to flushing unused meds at 3 locations around the county. The Cobb County web site says they are working on setting up permanent drop-off sites for unwanted medications. In the meantime, they will be scheduling drop off days from time to time.
Most people don't realize how dangerous, and harmful to the environment, it is to simply flush unwanted medications. The website pointed out that "According to studies conducted by the United States Geological Survey Personal Care Products and Pharmaceuticals (PCPPs) have been detected in trace amounts in the Chattahoochee River for two decades. This is 60% of the source water for Cobb County. Because of the variety of these products and the treatment costs associated with removal it is possible an even smaller amount of PCPPs may be present after treatment. A new activated charcoal treatment update to the Wyckoff Water Plant will remove an even greater amount of PCPPs through the treatment process."
With this in mind, in addition to simply removing temptation and the chance for accidental poisoning, it brings home how important it is to safely dispose of unwanted medications. If you missed the Cobb County Medication Disposal Day, there is still time to go through your medicine cabinet and cabinets. Gather up all your unwanted medications and bring them to the 10th National Drug Take Back Day drop off sites on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. As we get closer to the actual date you will be able to go here, enter your zip code and you will get back a list of sites near you.