Eau Claire County (WQOW) – You maybe seem them everyday – old prescription drugs filling up your bathroom cabinets. Saturday, you will be able to get rid of them in a safe way.
According to the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, more than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them through friends or relatives.
In a recent survey, 1 in 4 Eau Claire County high school students reported prescriptions are easy to get without permission, and say that either a friend gave it to them, found within their own home, or grandparent’s.
Instead of flushing or throwing prescription drugs away, you can properly dispose of them Saturday.
In Eau Claire County, you can drop off your prescription drugs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Marshfield Clinic (2116 Craig Road, Entrance B) or the Altoona Police Department (1904 Spooner Avenue).
If you cannot make it on Saturday, there are five year-round drop off locations in Eau Claire County.
Altoona Emergency Services Building
1904 Spooner Avenue
Hours M-F, 7:30 am – 4 pm
Augusta City Hall
145 W. Lincoln Street
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4 pm
Fall Creek Village Hall
122 E. Lincoln Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Eau Claire County Courthouse – Law Enforcement Center
721 Oxford Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
Eau Claire County Jail Lobby
Enter from 2nd Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm
WHAT TO BRING:
Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed.
Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.
All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process. Law enforcement personnel should not handle the medications at any time.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), mercury thermometers, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc…), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).