Medication Disposal Day in Cobb CountyCheck back soon for the next event date!Mark Your Calendars!
Previous Medication Disposal Event
Hundreds of residents of Cobb cleaned out their medicine cabinets and took advantage of the first large scale Medication Disposal Drop Off Days in Georgia. 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.
KCB is working on a permanent program to offer its residents. In the meantime, please read the below information.
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Are there drugs in my drinking water?
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.
Every 3 years the United States Environmental Protection Agency conducts a comprehensive study of substances listed on the Candidate Contaminant List (CCL) to determine if they pose a risk or danger and should be added to the Safe Drinking Water Act. They test for: potential human harm, environmental harm, treatment removal possibilities, concentrations, and other factors. Though PCPPs have been on the CCL for years and receive a thorough investigation they have never been determined to either be in a high enough concentration or to pose serious harm.
Cobb County believes that protecting our source water and the environment are core values and we believe the proactive reduction of a the significant source of these PCPPs through proper disposal is important. The fish and animals dependent upon our rivers and streams do not metabolize these substances as humans do, and are potentially the most vulnerable to their presence.
How do I dispose of these drugs when there isn’t a Medication Disposal Day?
Keep Cobb Beautiful and Cobb County Water System hope this will be an annual event for Cobb County. It is always worthwhile to check with your hospital or pharmacy to see if they have a disposal program. We recognize that it may not be possible to attend a disposal day or a location may not be available.
When disposing of pharmaceuticals at home please follow these steps.
- Keep the medication in the original container and remove the label or mark off your name and personal information.
- Add water or soda to dissolve solid pills or open capsules to empty content.
- Add something inedible but binding like kitty litter, sand or dirt to liquid medication.
- Close the lid and secure with duct tape or packing tape.
- Place the drug bottle(s) inside an opaque container like a coffee can or plastic laundry bottle.
- Tape the container closed, and place it in the trash.
- Do not place it in recycling or with any food that could be scavenged by humans or animals.