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Operation Medicine Cabinet is a campus success

BOONE—More than 9,000 pills representing over-the-counter medicine and outdated prescription drugs were collected during Operation Medicine Cabinet at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageRepresentatives from several campus offices helped collect outdated and unused medicine during Operation Medicine Cabinet at Appalachian State University. They were, from left, Crystal Simmons from the Office of Sustainability, Detective Jaime Ippolito from University Police, pharmacist David Neal from M.S. Shook Student Health Service, Associate Professor Shea Tuberty from the Department of Biology, and Capt. Doug Dugger from University Police. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

The biannual event collects unused medicines and safely disposes them, keeping unwanted medicine from unauthorized users and from improper disposal by flushing in the toilet where they can enter the environment through waste treatment plants.

Pet medicines, body care products, vitamins and supplements, and a gallon of liquid medicines were also collected. The unwanted medicines were taken to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office for proper disposal.