Law enforcement officials setting up drop boxes for unwanted medications
WTMJ News Team
Shelley Walcott reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
GREENFIELD- Do you have unused prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet? To be safe, you should get rid of them.
The Greenfield Police Department has set up a drop off box for old drugs -- ahead of Saturday's "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day."
On Saturday, many other communities in southeast Wisconsin are hoping to collect even more unused medication.
There's a reason Wisconsin's attorney general wants unused prescription drugs off the streets. Not only are they the most abused, but they are the most easily accessible, the least understood and the biggest killer of people including the youth of our society.
People with unwanted, expired, or unused medications can drop them off at locations around the state, no questions asked.
Drop off locations are listed here. Just enter your zip code to find locations.
Law enforcement officials from Fox Point, West Allis, Greenfield, Franklin, South Milwaukee, Cudahy and Oak Creek all either have or will soon install drop boxes.
Department of Natural Resources officials are also encouraging people to dispose of their drugs.
For instance, if someone flushes birth control pills, you're flushing hormones down the system, which can have very negative effects on aquatic life.
Drop off sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. This is only for unused prescription medications.
Old needles, or things considered hazardous waste will not be accepted.