Prescription meds

Do you have unused prescription medications at home that you want to get rid of?

You’re not supposed to flush them as they can contaminate the water supply. Instead, you’re asked to dispose of them at a Drug Take Back event.

On Oct. 24, you can do just that at St. Nicholas Hospital from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Here’s an interactive map of locations where you can drop off medicine.

Here are a few things to know:

• You may safely dispose of controlled and uncontrolled substances, over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, creams, non-aerosol sprays, vials, and pet medications at these events.

• If your prescriptions contain narcotics or other controlled substances, contact your local police department to find out if the police will accept them. Some police departments will accept non-controlled substances too, but you should be sure exactly what yours will accept before dropping off items.

• The Wisconsin DEA allows mail-back programs for unused medications. You can purchase mail-back packages from your doctor, pharmacy, or local police station. Legitimate packages should include pre-paid postage, unique ID numbers, and be pre-addressed to a location authorized by the DEA. Avoid leaving packages in unsecured mailboxes.

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