Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Medication disposal box opens at Police Department

Expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals and medications my be dropped off for displosal at the Racine Police Department, starting on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Medications can be deposited anonymously in the Prescription Medication Drop Box located in
the front lobby area of the Racine Police Department at 730 Center St. beginning at 8 a.m., as the department participates in National Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Medication may remain in the original packaging and placed in the drop box. Participants may remove personal identifying information from the packing, but this is not necessary.

Medication which is unused or unwanted and remains in a home is vulnerable to misuse, abuse and diversion. Disposing of these medications by throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet can be a safety and health hazard.

National Take Back Day is a “kick off” for the Racine Police Department’s permanent drop box, a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, the Racine Wastewater Utility, the Racine Health Department and the Racine Police Department. The Prescription Medication Drop Box will remain in the lobby of the Police Department and available for the public to deposit unwanted and unused medications Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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