Chief Thomas N. Culpepper of the Cartersville Police Department announced today that the Department has partnered with CVS Pharmacy to work together in the nationwide DEA drug take-back program.

 The Police Department will conduct the fall take-back on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  The location for this year’s program will be at the CVS Pharmacy located at the intersection of North Tennessee Street and Church Street in Cartersville.  Citizens are encouraged to turn in unused prescriptions and unused over-the-counter medications.  The Department does not accept syringes and other bio-hazard items.  After being collected, the drugs are burned so it is not necessary for citizens to remove labels from each bottle or box that is turned in.

 In addition to the April 26th event, the Police Department has a drop-box for medications in the lobby of the Public Safety Headquarters located at 195 Cassville Road.  The public may bring in medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and drop them in the tan mailbox.  The contents of the box are also burned on a regular basis.  Within the next few weeks, CVS will be posting signs in all three Cartersville CVS pharmacies regarding the Police Department drop-box location.

 Chief Culpepper stated, “We are very happy about this partnership with CVS.  At the take-back last fall we collected 55 pounds of unused medications and since January 1st of this year our drop-box in the lobby has collected 33 pounds.  I am quite sure that as a result of our partnership with CVS these numbers will significantly increase.”