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OPERATION MEDICINE DROP

Did you know that sewage treatment plants can not filter out all pharmaceuticals, and discharge hormones, antibiotics and other similar substances into our waterways?

Until recently, consumers have been told to flush unwanted drugs. With technological advances and research, low levels of drugs are being found in our surface waters. Recent research by the U.S. Geological Service now confirms that some drugs pass largely unaltered through our wastewater treatment plants and enter our Bays and other waters.

Recent research has also shown that continuous exposure to low levels of medications has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic life. Male fish and crabs are being found with eggs or female organs, most likely caused by long term exposure to hormones and other endocrine disruptors.

The preferred method for disposal of unused medications is incineration. While we obviously can't stop the introduction of some pharmaceuticals into our wastewater because of normal bodily functions, we CAN control what happens to medications that are not consumed!

The Coastkeeper, in partnership with several area agencies, will once again be launching 'OPERATION MEDICINE DROP', a bi-annual campaign to raise public awareness about a simple way all of us can help keep our waterways and our fish healthier - by not flushing unused medications down the drain.

Pet medications may also be turned in at any of the drop off locations. Sharp and hazardous waste materials cannot be dropped off.

So please, DON'T FLUSH!  Instead, begin to collect your unused medications and take them to one of these locations.

Worcester County Drop-off Locations
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm


Berlin - Police Department,  10 Williams St.
Berlin - State Police Barracks, Route 50 - West of Berlin's Main Street.
Berlin - Walmart, 11416 Ocean Gateway, (Route 50)
Ocean Pines - OP Police Department, White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway  YEAR ROUND DROP BOX
Ocean City - Police Department, 6501 Coastal Highway (65th St.) YEAR ROUND
Snow Hill - Snow Hill Fire house, 4718 Snow HIll Rd.
Pocomoke - Walmart, 2312 Old Snow Hil Rd.

Permanent Drop-off Boxes are also located at the Ocean Pines Police Department, 239 Ocean Parkway; and at the Town of Ocean City Public Safety Building located at 6501 Coastal Highway. You may dispose of expired and unused medications any time of the year at these two locations.

Enforcement officers will be on hand to safely collect your medications and turn them over to DEA officials for proper disposal by incineration.

And remember, Don't Flush! Hold Them Until The Next Take Back!

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