Police, pharmacies, clinics accepting unwanted prescriptions | Community Spirit
Prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, Dane County's largest injury-related cause of death
Police, pharmacies and clinics are drawing awareness to National Prescription Take Back Day, happening Friday and Saturday at several locations.
The goal of the collection day is to reduce the number of expired, unused and unwanted medicine.
Poisoning deaths are more common than automobile deaths in Dane County. Unused prescriptions contribute to accidental poisonings, the number one cause of injury-related death, according to the Middleton Police Department.
A statement by Middleton police emphasized pain medications as an especially dangerous prescription group.
Medicines will be incinerated, according to Safe Communities, a local community group involved in Take Back Day’s organization. Previous recommendations included flushing medicines. Planners prefer incineration because it stops possible contamination of local water resources.
Most drop off locations will be open Saturday. Locations in Middleton and Sun Prairie are open 24 hours.
Drop off locations open Saturday:
Monona: The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy – 4205 Monona Drive
Madison Northeast: Maple Bluff Village Center – 18 Oxford Place
Oregon: Oregon Police Department – 383 Park St.
Sun Prairie: Walgreens – 275 Davison Drive
Cottage Grove: Cottage Grove Emergency Service Building – 4030 County Highway N
Stoughton: Stoughton Fire Department – 401 East Main St.
Drop off locations open 24 hours:
Middleton: Middleton Police Department – 7341 Donna Drive
Sun Prairie: Sun Prairie Police Department – 300 E. Main St.