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Drug collection box

A MedReturn drug collection box is shown in the lobby of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, 8811 Campus Drive. The drop-off box will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round. The last one-time Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant Police Department, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in its last one-time medication drop-off Saturday.

The Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative for unused or expired prescription medications is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Village of Mount Pleasant Police Department, 8811 Campus Drive. Participants should use the main entrance on the northwest corner of the building.

Also, the Police Department lobby will have a permanent drop-off slot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round.

The focus of the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is to remove potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from medicine cabinets throughout the state and prevent them from going into the water supply.

It also helps keep the village safe from the misuse of prescription medication.

Controlled and noncontrolled prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, inhalers, patches, nonaerosol sprays, cream, vials and pet medication will be accepted.

Not accepted for the event are illegal drugs, needles and sharps, mercury thermometers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials — including anything containing a bodily fluid or blood — flares, personal care products such as shampoo, soaps, lotions and sunscreens, and household hazardous waste, including paint, pesticides, chemicals, oil or gas or acids.

No businesses are allowed to participate, and all waste pharmaceuticals must be generated through household use.

Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them, and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.

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