Safe Medication Disposal for Milwaukee

Kelly Nega, who is a student at Marquette University, is also serving Safe & Sound through a semester long  internship. Among the various tasks she has been assigned, Kelly is researching the accessibility of prescription drug drop-off programs in Milwaukee.

She met with Bill Graffin from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to discuss the various police department drop off locations. She found that while Milwaukee County has several police departments currently providing this service, the City of Milwaukee is not. Moreover, residents of Milwaukee are not allowed to drop off their unwanted medications at other police departments in Milwaukee County.

Fortunately, a prescription Medicine Collection Day has been organized for Saturday, May 8, 2010. Residents from Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Ozaukee Counties can drop off unused medication to be disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly way. The Milwaukee County location will be at Miller Park from 9 AM to 1:00 PM on the Miller lot by the “sausage haus.”

Safe & Sound has provided awareness and safety information door-to-door to Milwaukee residents, however most people are completely unaware of how unused medications may be abused by our young people and toxic or even deadly when not disposed of properly. Ridding households of unused and unwanted medications is of critical importance. It can help prevent childhood poisonings, and help protect our groundwater from contamination. Moreover, it reduces access and the potential for abuse to oftentimes extremely dangerous drugs when used without a prescription from a doctor. A recent Journal Sentinel Watchdog Report called “Legal drugs have deadly impact” lays out the cold fact that medications are found in 70% of drug overdose deaths.

Reducing access to drugs is one of the goals of the Safe & Sound strategy, as well as educating youth and community residents on the related issues of drug abuse and the harmful impact on our community. By properly disposing of unwanted and unused medications, residents will be taking a proactive approach that helps stop the illegal buying and selling of prescription drugs, as well as abuse of over the counter medications.

For more information visit the MMSD website.

Participating Police Departments:

Medicine Collection Day (English)

Medicine Collection Day (Spanish)

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