Thursday, April 4, 2013

“Clean Rivers for Rome” Program for Proper Disposal of Medication

Media Release: A study conducted by the Associated Press in  discovered that pharmaceuticals had been found in the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans.  It has been determined that the source of the contamination was from not only pills discarded down the drain, but also from medications in landfills.


Redmond is again partnering with the City of Rome and the Coosa River Basin Initiative to drive the "Clean Rivers for Rome" program to provide a drop-off location for the proper disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.  The program would provide residents of Floyd County a safe option for disposal of these items, keeping them out of waterways.


"Proper and timely disposal of medication is extremely important," says Dustin Smith, Pharmacy Director at Redmond. "Not only is proper disposal an environment issue, keeping unneeded medications around the home is also dangerous, especially in situations where children could access them."


The event will be held at Redmond Regional Medical Center in the front parking lot.  Items accepted include: pills, liquids, sharps and needles and diabetes materials. These items can only be accepted during the times below and no medical equipment will be accepted.


Clean Rivers for Rome Medication Drop-off Event

April 27, 2013, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.

Redmond Regional Medical Center--Outside Emergency Room


More information on pharmaceuticals and the environment can be found by clicking here.

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