Health: ‘Hit the Bin’ drug drop Saturday in Rome; ‘Crush the Crisis’ Oct. 24 in Cartersville. Alzheimer’s virtual walk set for Nov. 7.

Health: ‘Hit the Bin’ drug drop Saturday in Rome; ‘Crush the Crisis’ Oct. 24 in Cartersville. Alzheimer’s virtual walk set for Nov. 7.


On Saturday, from 8 a.m. until noon, Floyd Against Drugs and Floyd Medical Center will be holding a “Hit the Bin” Drug Drop in conjunction with the Floyd County Sheriff’s office. The event will be held at the corporate offices of Floyd Medical Center at 420 E Second Ave., Rome. Bring your old and unused prescriptions and have them disposed of in a safe and easy way. You don’t even have to get out of your car.

Cartersville Medical Center is hosting an opioid take back event to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications on Saturday, Oct. 24. Called “Crush the Crisis,” the event aligns with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and invites community members to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.

Law enforcement officers from the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force will be collecting tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). Needles, syringes, lancets or liquids will not be accepted. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place at the event, including universal masking, social distancing, removal of high-touch items and a drive-through collection option.

“Crush the Crisis” will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. outside The Hope Center at 100 Market Place Blvd. (the collection site will be under a tent near the main entrance). For more: or call toll free number at (833) 582-1970.

The Alzheimer’s Association iinvites area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Nov. 7. The Rome Walk is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the  areas.

On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants’ smartphones, tablets and computers. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at the City Hall Auditorium in Rome to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

To enhance the participant experience leading up to the event and on Walk day, new features are being added to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to create an opportunity for the community to connect. Participants can use the app and new “Walk Mainstage” to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual Walk path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access  information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease. A new audio track is available to encourage participants along the way and to congratulate them upon completion of their Walk.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit:

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