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Drug "Take Back Day" Saturday


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  An event tomorrow will help you safely get rid of your unused and outdated prescriptions. It’s called the National Prescription Drug “TAKE BACK DAY”

Meleesa Johnson is Marathon County’s Director of Solid Waste Management. She says they have five regular collection sites at police department buildings. People can take their unwanted medications to Colby-Abbotsford, Wausau, Everest Metro during normal business hours and to Rothschild and Kronenwetter police stations 24-hours-a day.

Johnson says they accept everything but syringes.  She says you should never flush old meds down the toilet because wastewater treatment plants and septic systems cannot process these complex organic compounds, and they can contaminate water.

Johnson says once local sites collect the medications, the State of Wisconsin disposes of them by incinerating them

Normally, the Wausau and Colby-Abbotsford collection sites are closed on Saturdays, but they are available tomorrow.

Many Wisconsin National Guard units are also collecting unwanted medications. The US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency has a website to look up collection sites near you. We have that link for you at WSAU.com. along with a list of central Wisconsin collection sites.

The DEA reported that a record 37,642 pounds, or 18.7 tons, worth of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection sites throughout Wisconsin on April 28, 2012, making our state the third largest contributor of unwanted medications in the country.

You can find the collection site closest to you by checking the DEA link at:  www.dea.gov