Starting back in 2015, the Village of Clemmons Stormwater Department, in cooperation with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Clemmons Fire Station, and Forsyth Creek Week, started offering a safe and secure way for residents to properly remove unused/expired medications from their home.
Why are medicine drops important?
Operation Medicine Drop campaigns remind our citizens of the medications in their cabinets and provides them a safe and secure way to properly dispose of unwanted, and unused medications.
Never flush medications down the toilet or drain as wastewater treatment systems are not capable of removing medications from the waterways. Studies have found that medicines flushed down the drain can contaminate downstream lakes and streams, which can harm fish and other aquatic wildlife, and end up in our drinking water supply.
In addition to the environmental impacts, prescription drugs in home cabinets are a significant cause of accidental poisoning. These drugs are also highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. According to a study by Safe Kids Worldwide, medications are the leading cause of child poisoning, with more than 67,000 children going to an emergency room for medicine poisoning each year. Medications should always be out of reach of children and disposed of in a safe way when no longer needed.
Since 2015, Clemmons Operation Medicine Drops have hosted seven medicine drops and collected 740 pounds of medication (pills).