Four times this year Racine County residents have emptied medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused, and expired medications and took them to a Racine County Medication Collection Event.
In 2015, Central Racine County Health Department and City of Racine Health Department collaborated with law enforcement and numerous partner agencies and collected 2955 pounds of medications from Racine County residents. In total, 1863 cars passed through the lines in Burlington, City of Racine and Union Grove dropping off 2735 pounds of uncontrolled and 220 pounds of controlled medications. Additionally, 1140 pounds of pill bottles and cardboard were separated from the medications and recycled. Efforts were supported by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection grants, local law enforcement and other partner agencies.
Over the last 9 years, the medication collection events have collected over 18,000 pounds of medications. The medication collection events provide a convenient, safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unneeded medications. By properly discarding of unused medication the health departments are protecting the environment by keeping drugs out of the waterways and landfills as well as keeping potentially harmful drugs from getting into the wrong hands.
In addition to the collection events, there are also numerous drop boxes throughout the county, managed by local police departments, where residents can dispose of small amounts of unwanted medications.
For more information on Racine County Medication Events or drop box sites, please contact your local health department:
Central Racine County Health Department; 262-898-4467; www.crchd.com
City of Racine Health Department; 262-636-9203; www.cityofracine.org/health