Area residents will have the opportunity to safely dispose of unneeded medications at five locations throughout Sheboygan County on Saturday, April 27.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place in Sheboygan County from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
• HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, 3100 Superior Ave., Sheboygan
• Generations, 1500 Douglas Dr., Plymouth
• Random Lake Fire Department, 718 Spring St., Random Lake
• Oostburg High School, 410 New York Ave., Oostburg
• Howards Grove Village Hall, 913 S. Wisconsin Ave., Howards Grove
• Prescription and over-the-counter medications accepted
• Cross out identifying information on the containers
• Liquid medications should be kept in the original bottle, then placed in plastic bags
• Items that contain mercury, syringes, needles, non-medical inhalers and medications from organizations and businesses will not be accepted
National Drug Take Back Day addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Unused medicines left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Disposing of expired and unused medications keeps communities safer by preventing in-home theft of medications. This further helps our community prevent medication overdoses through risky and un-prescribed use.