Keep unwanted medications out of the environment and the hands of people who might misuse them by disposing of them at one of several drop boxes in Chippewa County.
If you have old or unused medications at home, it is important to properly dispose of them because they can be targets for illicit use by friends or family members. When you clean out your medicine cabinet, be sure to get rid of unwanted drugs responsibly.
“Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can pollute groundwater, affect fish, and eventually make their way back into our bodies through drinking water or food,” says Matt Kelm, Chief of Police at the Chippewa Falls Police Department. “Using a medicine take-back program is the best way to ensure medications are properly disposed.”
The Chippewa County Community Drug Task Force and partner law enforcement agencies have installed MedReturn drop boxes in the lobby of every law enforcement building in the county. The boxes accept pills—be sure to take them out of their original bottles and put them in plastic bags—and bottled liquids and creams.
Many of your neighbors have taken the message about the proper drug disposal to heart. Since 2011, drop boxes in Chippewa County have collected nearly 8,000 pounds of medications.
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