In an ongoing effort to protect our natural resources and keep medication out of the hands of our children, all old prescriptions and medicines are incinerated in an EPA approved incinerator and two medication drop boxes to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s department.
- These will be used to safely collect and destroy unused & expired medication as well dispose of contraband seized by the VBC Sheriff’s department.
By cleaning out our medicine cabinets we can reduce the chance kids could misuse or accidentally overdose on old or unused medication.
By incinerating we keep hard to remove medication out of our water supply in an environmentally friendly way.
- Clinton drug will team up with officers from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s department and set up a station in the parking lot of the Doctor’s building to collect people’s unused/expired medication for any one to stop by and have disposed of properly.
We take any unwanted Over the Counter or Prescription medication. Then we’ll take your empty plastic bottles to the VBC Recycling center. After March 5th the two drop boxes will be permanently located in Clinton Drug & in front of the Sheriff’s Department.
So clean out your medicine cabinets and help us to continue make a safer and healthier difference in our community.
For years, unused medications have been dumped in drains and in the trash, often seeping into local water supplies, rivers and lakes.
The U.S. Geological survey’s 2002 report shower that 80% of surface water samples taken nationwide contained one or more pharmaceutical or personal care product.
Drugs in water
Other studies from the Teleosis Institute and Environmental Protection Agency have shown striking effects on aquatic life caused by the high levels of medication in U.S. waterways. The EPA found that estrogens are causing male fish to become female; antidepressants causing lobsters to become more aggressive; and fluoxetine inducing reproduction in shellfish.
Studies also show significant levels of pharmaceuticals in people who eat large quantities of fish or seafood.
Along with the problem of drugs in the water, there is also a problem of unused prescription medications in households. In the United States, more than 20,000 unintentional drug poisonings occur annually. Youth prescription drug abuse is also on the rise.
This is a situation that can no longer be ignored. It is important to get unused medications out of homes, but not at the risk of placing them into the water supply. At Clinton Drug we care about the community and the safety of our drinking water and the cleanliness of Greers Ferry Lake. So we are starting a program to safely, and properly, dispose of hazardous medications.
- Go through medicine cabinets and collect all out of date or unused medications (prescription and OTC). Collect unused medications from Elderly or recently deceased family members and Hospice patients.
- Remove or mark through any sensitive information on prescription labels. (For Clinton Drug customers, we apply heat to the thermal labels Clinton Drug uses, before we send them to the recycling center.) Drop them off at Clinton Drug during normal Business hours.