No County for Old Meds


Do you have bottles of old prescription medicine, expired vitamins, or over-the-counter cold meds cluttering up your cabinets? Well, you’re pretty darn fortunate to be living in Ozaukee County because the Oz has a system in place for you to safely dispose of unwanted medications.

In Ozaukee County, local law enforcement agencies have a drug collection kiosk available to help their fine citizens safely dispose of unwanted drugs and ensure that they don’t end up in landfills, ground water or in the hands and mouths of those with lapsed judgement.

For example, Mequon residents may place unwanted or expired medications in a Drug Collection Kiosk located in the lobby of the Mequon Safety Building. The kiosk is accessible 24 hours per day, 7days per week. Please leave the medication inside its container when you place it in the kiosk. (We’re told the MPD also accepts baked goods drop-offs at the main desk.)

So gather up all those pills, ointments, sprays, inhalers, pet meds, and suppositories and pop them in your local law enforcement’s disposal bins. If you flush them down the toilet, they enter the wastewater – and treatment plants can’t remove all the meds that flow in. And goodness knows this reporter doesn’t want to ingest your Lamisil, Lipitor, and Syrup of Ipecac when he drinks tap water. (And if Poppa is going to ingest any Cialis or Viagra, he wants to make sure there’s no Dulcolax in the mix.)

Screen Shot 2016-03-27 at 8.50.48 AMYou may dispose of the following items in the Drug Collection Kiosk:
• Prescriptions
• Vitamins
• Samples
• Medications for pets
• Ointments
• Lotions
• Over the counter medications

You may NOT dispose of these items in the Drug Collection Kiosk:
• Needles (sharps)
• Thermometers
• Bloody or infectious waste
• Medication from businesses or clinics
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Aerosol cans
• Inhalers
• Any liquid medications