73 pounds of old pills collected

Published 9:11 am Friday, March 23, 2018

The Annual Medicine Drop held on March 19th brought out over 100 citizens, disposing of 73 pounds of pills. The event, sponsored by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, was held at the Clemmons Fire Department Station 14.

Drugs are often unsafely stored at home, leading to unintentional poisoning. When pills are flushed or disposed of improperly, waterways are negatively impacted. Sewage systems cannot remove these medicines from water that is released into our lakes and rivers. Fish and other aquatic animals have shown adverse effects from medicines in the water. Events like this help us protect our children and our waterways.

If you did not have a chance to attend this event, citizens can bring their unwanted pills to the Clemmons Pharmacy located in the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Plaza at 2311 Lewisville Clemmons Rd. They can accept collect pills, liquids (under 4 oz.) and patches in their drop box. You can also bring your unused pills to the Public Safety Center located at 725 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays). Citizens should check in with the officer at the front desk to receive further instructions on how to proceed with the pill collection.