County collecting unwanted medications
Residents can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, including pet medications, at the Clintonville, Marion, Manawa, New London, Waupaca, and Weyauwega police departments.
"The importance of this program cannot be overstated," Waupaca County Recycling Coordinator Debbie Krogwold said. "These collections serve to address important public safety and health issues from preventing accidental drug abuse to preventing contamination of surface and ground waters through improper disposal."
Regarding drug abuse, Krogwold said studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Types of medications accepted include pills, capsules, liquids, ointments, medicated sprays, inhalers, and vitamin supplements.
All medications should be kept in their original containers with the medication name clearly visible. Liquid medication bottles should be placed in a sealed plastic bag.
Personal information, such as the name of the patient, should be crossed off.
Sharps cannot be accepted through this program. For information on sharps disposal, contact the Waupaca County Solid Waste Department at 715-258-6240.
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