Eau Claire, WI (WEAU)-- Marshfield Clinic partnered with the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s department Saturday, to collect prescription drugs for safe disposal.
Rob Kreibich, with Marshfield Clinic, says the event brought in nearly 200 people who dropped off about 150 pounds of unused or expired drugs in just four hours.
Eau Claire Co. Deputy Joe Kaeding says prescription drugs are one of the most commonly abused substances so; it’s a good idea to dispose of them before they end up in the wrong hands.
Jody Myer-Oechsle, the program director for Pharmacy Tech at Chippewa Valley Technical College, says it’s important to keep drugs out of our water supply by taking advantage of drug drop-offs like this. She also says there are other places you shouldn't throw drugs away.
Myer-Oechsle says, "You probably shouldn't be putting your drugs in the trash can anymore, especially if you have small children or pets in the home. There's been cases where the children get in the trash, or the dog, or the cat and they ingest these medications which can cause some harm to the animal or child."
The Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department reminds people that they have a year round drop off location in the lobby of the jail where people can dispose of unused medications during business hours.
They also say you can check with your local police department to see if it has drop off locations as well.