Redmond Regional Medical Center will be hosting the Clean Rivers for Rome medication drop-off event April 30, 2011. This prescription drug take-back event will allow for the public to properly dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications and keep them out of the wrong hands and our drinking water.

Redmond is partnering with Coosa River Basin Initiative, the DEA, Floyd County Police Department, the Rome Police Department, Safe Kids of Georgia and Q102 for this important event. An armed officer will be on duty at the drop-off location for the duration.

Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise and every year, over 2 million poison exposures are reported in the U.S. In 2009, over 51% of reported poisonings in Georgia involved children ages 5 and under.

The Clean Rivers for Rome program offers the public a free and convenient option for disposing of prescription, over-the-counter medications (in pill and liquid form), needles and diabetes materials to protect their families and the environment. Items such as thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers, inhalers, medical equipment and hydrogen peroxide will not be accepted.

These items can only be accepted at the following location during the times listed below.

Clean Rivers for Rome Medication Drop-off Event
Saturday, April 30th, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
Redmond Regional Medical Center
Front Parking Lot, 501 Redmond Road, Rome, GA

“Our first event in May of 2010 had an enormous response and we realized what a need this program met,” says Rick Nance, Pharmacy Director at Redmond. “We collected over 400 pounds of medication at our first event and 300 pounds at our second event in the fall. That confirmed the need for this type of program in Rome and Floyd County and Redmond is proud to be able to offer this important event to protect our community.”

View the event flyer here.

For more information Call 1-706-368-8480 for more information or visit RedmondRegional.com.