Pharmacist Dave Campana (right) reads the label of an antique bottle apparently containing liniment oil. Mary Sloan Armstrong of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Harvey, Mich., brought old bottles of medicine, some of which predated the Civil War, to Messiah Lutheran Church, Marquette, Mich., a collection site for the 2007 Pharmaceutical Clean Sweep, the third annual Earth Keeper hazardous waste collection project. Armstong’s late father, J.K. Sloan, ran a pharmacy in Illinois.
Northern Michigan Lutherans were among 2,000 people who turned in personal care items, tens of thousands of pharmaceuticals weighing more than 1 ton, and narcotics with an estimated street value of $500,000, during the April 22 cleanup. The event was sponsored by nine faith organizations, including the ELCA, and nonprofit environmental groups.
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