Medicine Collection Day: Helping keep the earth clean and prevent poisonings

Medicine Collection DayA great way to get rid of outdated or unneeded medications, keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of our children and protect our drinking water is to participate in Medicine Collection Day on Saturday, April 27.

In 2012, 48 percent of calls to Wisconsin Poison Center involved either prescription or over-the-counter medications. By bringing these drugs in, you will help keep them from getting into the wrong hands or our local water supply. Remember, never flush or pour unused medication down the drain.

As part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Prescription Take Back Day, Milwaukee County residents may turn in their unused medications from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Miller Park. Learn more about where to go and which medications you can bring.

There are other sites in the area participating in the Take Back Initiative. Find a collection site near you.

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. Call 1-800-222-1222.

Meg Lesnick- Meg Lesnick, external relations specialist, Wisconsin Poison Center

The Wisconsin Poison Center, located in Milwaukee, provides 24-hour, toll-free poison information for all individuals in Wisconsin. For any poison emergency, call (800) 222-1222

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