Monday, April 16, 2007

Take Back Medication Program in Winnebago County

The Northwestern covers this program today:

Household pharmaceuticals accepted during the drop-off include human and animal prescriptions and over the counter medications such as pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, sprays, drops, creams, inhalers, and vials.

Traditional ways of managing unwanted household medications is to flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash, neither of which is advisable, said Jennifer Semrau, recycling specialist for Winnebago County.

“People have a misconception that the wastewater treatment plant will take care of it when they flush medications down the toilet. Flushing is not safe,” Semrau said.

Water quality is adversely affected by flushing medications and treatment plants don’t process them. It is better to take old meds to events such as Operation Take Back Medications, she said.
More information is available by contacting Mary Kohrell in Calumet County at (920) 849-1450; Sue Gau in Outagamie County at (920) 968-5721; Debbie Krogwold in Waupaca County at (715) 258-6240; and Semrau in Winnebago County at (920) 232-1850.
May 29 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oshkosh Senior Center Annex, 234 N. Campbell Road, Oshkosh



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