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Dalton PD Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On September 29 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Dalton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill
abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired,
unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 
Bring your medications for disposal to Kroger at 1365 West Walnut Ave.  The service is free and anonymous, no
questions asked. 

Last April, Americans turned in
552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by
the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its four previous Take Back events, DEA
and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a
vital public safety and public health issue. 
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to
diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are
alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due
to these drugs.  Studies show that a
majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,
including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now
advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing
them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety
and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure
and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled
Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications
to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney
General to accept them.  The Act also
allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose
of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the
Act.  Until new regulations are in place,
local law enforcement agencies like the Dalton Police Department and the DEA
will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

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DPD Announces Road Closures for Red Carpet Half-Marathon

Dalton will host the Red Carpet Half
Marathon, 5K and 2K runs on October 6, 2012. 
As a result, many Dalton streets will be closed that morning to accommodate
the race. The following is a list of roads that will be closed for all or part
of the Dalton Red Carpet Half-Marathon on October 6th.  The
roadway closing will begin at 7:45 am in most locations and the roadways will
reopen when they are no longer needed for the races.

Road / Lane Closure for Red Carpet Half Marathon, 5K and 2K


  • King St. – closed
  • Selvidge St – closed from the entrance to
    BB&T to Crawford St until approximately 1:00 PM
  • Pentz St – closed from King St to Crawford St
    during event.  Closed from Emery St to Morris St during the 2k.
  • Hamilton St. – closed from Hawthorne St to
    Franklin St (until last runner of 5k passes, then closed at Emery on the south
  • W. Franklin St. – closed until the last 5k
    runner exits onto Thornton.
  • S. Thornton Ave. – outside, S. bound lane closed
    from Walnut to Waugh
  • Waugh St. – outside, E. bound lane closed from
    Jones to Thornton. 
  • Jones St –Closed from Waugh St to Crawford St
  • Crawford St – Closed from Cappes St to Valley Dr
  • Ridge St – Closed from Murray Hill to Crawford
  • Lewell St – entrances to the east side of the
    cemetery at Cuyler St and Gen Thomas Dr closed during the half-marathon
  • Emery St – Closed at Tibbs Rd and closed from
    Lewell St to Thornton Ave      during the 5k and Half
    Marathon.  Westbound lane closed from Hamilton St to Pentz for 2k.
  • Miller St – Closed from Franklin to Emery
  • Valley Dr. – closed from Franklin to Crawford
  • Cuyler St – closed between Thornton Ave and
    Valley Dr
  • W. Walnut Ave. – Outside, Westbound lane closed
    from Thornton Ave to Tibbs Rd
  • Tibbs Rd. – closed between Walnut Ave and
    Shugart Rd
  • Maple Way/Ella Ln – closed
  • Woodvalley Dr. / Woodvalley Ct. – closed
  • Shugart Rd. – N. bound, outside lane closed
  • Chattanooga Rd. – Outside, E. bound lane closed
    from Shugart Rd to Old Chattanooga Rd
  • Old Chattanooga Rd. – closed until the last half
    marathon runner is clear
  • N. Thornton Ave. – partial south bound lane
    closed (6 feet from curb) from Old Chattanooga Rd to Trammel St
  • N. Thornton Ave. – S/B lane closed – Trammel St
    to Hawthorne St
  • Hamilton St access lane beside the Waugh St
    Bridge – Closed
  • Morris St – closed from Thornton Ave to Hamilton St.
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