Operation Medicine Drops scheduled throughout Creek Week to keep drugs out of your water

Next week Forsyth County will conduct its first ever Creek Week, a full week of fun, educational and hands-on opportunities to discover, explore and help our local waterways. Yadkin Riverkeeper is proud to be a part of Creek Week by hosting 3 medicine drop take back events. Operation Medicine Drop (OMD) is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, health and safety, substance abuse prevention, environmental organizations and others. This group is working together to protect children, communities, and waters from the dangers of leftover prescription drugs. 

If you have outdated or unused prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or pet pharmaceuticals in your medicine cabinet, then bring them to the medicine drop closest to you. All pharmaceuticals, except syringes will be accepted, no questions asked. The collected pharmaceuticals will be incinerated in an EPA approved medical incinerator, which will keep the medication out of our drinking water.  Preventing pharmaceuticals from ending up in North Carolina’s water supply is important because our rivers, lakes and streams are particularly vulnerable. Studies have shown reproductive problems and lowered immune response in fish and frogs that have had pharmaceutical hormone exposure. In a nationwide U.S. Geological Survey, the occurrence of intersex fish was most prevalent (91 percent) in the Yadkin-Pee Dee watershed. Recent lab studies have also indicated behavioral changes in fish exposed to pharmaceuticals.