By Brandi Makuski
The county’s three law enforcement departments will be taking old, unwanted, or leftover prescriptions or over-the-counter medications this week.
The national, twice-yearly Drug Take Back event will be held at various locations across the county beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Collection boxes are open during regular business hours year-round at the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office and Stevens Point and Plover police departments. But specific in-person drop-off events are held each April and October to help residents remember to properly dispose of unwanted and leftover prescriptions and over-the-counter pills, creams, ointments, and other medicines.
The departments ship the medications to an incineration facility in Indiana to avoid them from ending up in the water supply. In 2020, the three agencies shipped out over 1,800 pounds of leftover and outdated drugs, and previously shipped out about 1,500 pounds in 2018 and 2019.
Wisconsin ranked second in the nation last year for over-the-counter and prescription drug collection, according to Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.
Pills, syrups, salves/creams, and capsules will be accepted. Items that are not accepted include inhalers, oxygen tanks, nebulizers, sharps, and radioactive cancer medication. For more information on how to dispose of unacceptable items, call the Portage Co. Solid Waste Department at 715.346.1931.
The Stevens Point Police Department will hold its drop-off event on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln Center, 1519 Water St. in Stevens Point.
The Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office will hold several take-back events. They are listed below:
- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rosholt Cafe, 167 Main St. North, Rosholt
- Thursday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Village Park Lodge, on Case Ave. in Junction City
- Friday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jensen Center, 487 N. Main St., Amherst
- Saturday, Oct. 23, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Community Center, on Main St. in Almond
Though it will not be holding a special drog-off event, the Plover Police Department is located at 2420 Post Rd. and has its collection box open during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.