A Day to Dispose of Your Outdated Drugs

Eau Claire City-County Health Department

When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? If you can’t remember the last time you did this or if you’ve NEVER done this before, now is the time to get rid of expired and unused prescription medication. Unused medications left in your cabinet have the potential to fall into the hands of those who shouldn’t be using them. This could lead to drug abuse or accidental positioning. In Eau Claire County, 1 in 4 high school students reported prescription are easy to get without permission. They said they were able to get these prescriptions from friends, from within their own or relatives’ homes. Proper medication disposal is one way to reduce the abuse of prescription medication.

Keep your community safe by Participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, April 27. Drop off your medications at the Marshfield Clinic Health System–Eau Claire Center, 2116 Craig Road, Entrance B, or at the Altoona Police Department, 1904 Spooner Ave. The goal of the Take Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of medications, while educating the community about the potential dangers for abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal. If you miss Take Back Day, don’t worry: You can also drop off your medications at one of the five permanent medication drop-boxes throughout Eau Claire County. All locations accept medications year-round. For a list of drop-off locations and to view “how-to” videos, please visit getinvolvedASAP.org