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Leftover and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines can be found in every household in the county. Last year unintentional poisonings killed more Dane County residents than automobile crashes. Misuse or abuse of prescription, over-the-counter or illicit drugs are the major cause. Pain medication when misused, can be especially fatal.
MEDICINE SAFETY – It’s Up to You! Always Handle Medications Wisely
Always be sure to:
- Use medication exactly as prescribed
- Store medicines away from family and friends. For a free medication lock box, contact us at email@example.com
- Get rid of expired and leftover medicine
- Do not flush medicine! Take unwanted medicine to a MedDrop box
How to Use MedDrop
- To dispose of medications in the MedDrop drop boxes, please bring your unused or expired medication and a Ziploc or other resealable bag to the MedDrop police department. It is important to keep medications in original bottles until you are at the MedDrop Station.
- Empty contents of pill bottles into a Ziploc/storage bag at the police station and recycle your pill bottles, either by taking them home with you, or placing in the container provided at the police station. Block out personal information before recycling.
- Leave liquids, gels or creams in their original containers and place them in a Ziploc/storage bag
- Place sealed Ziploc/storage bags into the MedDrop box
- A list of items accepted for disposal at MedDrop drop boxes is listed below
What You Can Get Rid of at MedDrop
- Prescription Medicine (pills, liquids, creams, powders & patches)
- Over-the-Counter Medicine (pills, liquids, creams, powders & patches)
- Medications for Pets
- Medication Samples
- Nebulizer Solution
*Illegal drugs cannot be disposed of in the drop box. However, you may bring illegal drugs to the police station and turn them over to authorities, no questions asked.
**MedDrop locations hosted outside of a Police Department have different restrictions on medications and items they will collect. Please call the location to verify.
Do Not Bring
- IV Bags
- Oxygen Tanks
- Nebulizer Machines
- Sharps, Epi-pens or anything with a needle or lancet
Click Here for a list of Sharps Collection Sites in Dane County
If MedDrop is Not Available
MedDrop is the best way to dispose of medicines, or pharmaceuticals. If MedDrop is not available, do not flush your unused pharmaceuticals. Instead, dispose of them in the trash. Especially when there is a risk of accidental poisoning, overdose or diversion, it is better to dispose of household pharmaceuticals rather than keep them. When placing unused pharmaceuticals in the trash, be sure to:
Remove or mark over all labels that identify the materials as pharmaceuticals or that could provide personal information about you, including prescription information that someone could try to refill;
Render them unattractive to children and thieves by dissolving them in a small amount of water or alcohol, or by grinding them up and mixing them with coffee grounds or kitty litter; and
Put them in a second container or small plastic bag and hide them in your trash.
Benefits of Using MedDrop
A safe, secure way to dispose of unwanted medications which could unintentionally be consumed by children and others, or be scavenged from the trash and sold illegally.
Medicines collected at the MedDrop locations are incinerated and disposed of in the most environmentally safe method currently available. MedDrop disposal reduces the amount of improperly disposed medicine that can eventually contaminate area rivers, lakes and streams.
Thank you to the work of MedDrop partners:
- DANE COUNTY
- DANE COUNTY NARCOTICS TASK FORCE
- SSM HEALTH/DEAN
- UW HEALTH/QUARTZ/UNITYPOINT HEALTH-MERITER
- CITY OF FITCHBURG
- CITY OF MADISON
- CITY OF MIDDLETON
- CITY OF SUN PRAIRIE
VILLAGE OF BLUE MOUNDS
- VILLAGE OF CAMBRIDGE
- VILLAGE OF DEERFIELD
- VILLAGE OF MAZOMANIE
- VILLAGE OF MCFARLAND
- VILLAGE OF SHOREWOOD HILLS
- VILLAGE OF WAUNAKEE
- DANE COUNTY NARCOTICS AND GANG TASK FORCE
- DANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
- DANE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS, HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION
- MADISON METROPOLITAN SEWERAGE DISTRICT
- PHARMACY SOCIETY OF WISCONSIN PHARMACIES IN THE DANE COUNTY AREA
- PUBLIC HEALTH – MADISON AND DANE COUNTY
- WISCONSIN SOCIETY OF PHARMACY STUDENTS