Operation Medicine Drop

by Lisa Rosen on March 18, 2011

Confession:  we have a cabinet full of unused medications.  I’m kind of compulsive about not wanting drugs to end up in either the water supply or the landfill, so I’m always at a loss as to how to get rid of things we’re not going to use.  And I’m not happy having it in my house–we have teenagers (they’re generally well-behaved, but still), and small nieces and nephews–no sense tempting fate.

We have expired prescriptions, leftover stimulants from a (wildly unsuccessful) experiment with Toby’s attention span, birth control pills that I stopped using when I stopped randonneuring, OTC stuff that’s just been hanging around for too long . . .

And I keep coming up against these bottles and boxes and blister-packs in my big stuff-purge, and not knowing how to get rid of them.

Problem solved.  I heard a blurb on the radio this morning about something called Operation Medicine Drop.  The North Carolina event runs from March 20th-26th.  Collection sites will be set up around the state; we can drop off expired/unwanted medications and they’ll be disposed of safely.

Click here to find a location near you.  Then go clean out your medicine cabinet.

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