Clemmons Fall Medicine Drop a success

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 17, 2019

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On Oct. 12, the Village of Clemmons Stormwater Department with collaboration with the Forsyth Sheriff Office hosted its first Fall Medicine Drop in an effort to dispose of unused or expired medicine in a safe and secure way from our households. These medicine drops help prevent people from flushing medicines down the drain which also helps protect our waters. The dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that get flushed down the drain is typical wastewater treatment systems (wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks) are not designed to treat medications and they simply cannot filter out 100% of these chemicals. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs will pass through these systems and enter our groundwater and surface water resources untouched. These pharmaceuticals are slow to break down, or don’t break down at all which will pollute our drinking water and harm aquatic life around us. The Clemmons Fall Medicine Drop helped collect 34.54 pounds of medication during this event in an effort to help protect our homes and our waters.