This Saturday, protect your family and the environment

Update: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Monday, April 20, Medicine collection brings in 2.73 tons

A great way to properly dispose of outdated or unneeded medications, keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of our toddlers and teens, and protect our drinking water is by participating in Medicine Collection Day, this Saturday, April 18.

Milwaukee County residents may turn in their unused medications from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Miller Park. Ozaukee, Racine and Washington counties all are hosting collection sites this Saturday as well. Go to the link above to find the locations of those sites. If you don’t have a collection day scheduled for your county, contact your local health department to help you get one started!

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an informative story about this issue recently, that explained not only the potential poison hazards of keeping these medications in the home, but also the negative impact pharmaceuticals can have on our waterways and our drinking water.

In 2008, 48 percent of calls to Wisconsin Poison Center involved both prescription and over-the-counter medications. By turning in these drugs, you will help keep them from getting into the wrong hands or our local water supply.

And remember, if you have a poison emergency, the Poison Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call. Dial 1-800-222-1222.

Cathy Smith, manager, Wisconsin Poison Center

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