|New Windsor Fire Department partners with the Health Department to house Prescription Drug Disposal Drop Box|
|By EMS Captain David Coe|
|August 8, 2018|
The New Windsor Fire Department in conjunction with the Carroll County Health Department and Carroll County Law Enforcement Agencies has now placed a secure drop box for disposal of prescription/unwanted/over the counter medications in the station. Any loose patches or pills must be placed in a sealed plastic bag prior to placing it in the drop box. The department will not supply sealed plastic bags, so please have you medications bagged up prior to dropping off the medication. The drop box is not for any type of syringes or needles, and we will not accept any.
The secure drop box is located in the lobby/ watch desk area of the New Windsor Fire Department.
What harm do medications do to our environment?
Medications that are poured down the drain or flushed end up in out waterways and drinking water, and wastewater treatment plants cannot remove the chemicals in those medications. Medicine discarded in the trash can also leach into water supplies. Medications such as antibiotics, hormones and contraceptives, antidepressants, and pain relievers have been discovered in waterways nationwide. The risk of such chemicals in our waterways and drinking water include damage to unborn children, and dangerous mutations in wildlife.
What can I do?
Don't Rush to Flush you medications, please drop off medications in a secure drop box. Locations of additional drop box locations besides the New Windsor Fire Department are located below:
Carroll County Sheriff's Office Greenmount Satellite Office
Manchester Police Department
Sykesville Police Department
South Carroll Law Enforcement Satellite Office
Taneytown Police Department
Maryland State Police Barricks
Westminster Police Department
Carroll County Sheriff's Office