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Experts say that medications stored in homes or thrown in the trash make them accessible for abuse and accidental poisoning. Flushed medications can accumulate in the municipal environmental systems and in water supplies where treatment plants are not designed to remove them.

Racine County residents have several locations to safely dispose of their unwanted household medications while protecting the environment.
Permanent medication collection boxes.

Most local law enforcement agencies and some pharmacies in Racine County are now permanent collection sites for unwanted medications. These collection sites are usually accessible daily, providing residents quick and convenient means of disposal.

Each site has information regarding what types of medications it will accept. In 2017, over 2,000 pounds of unwanted medications were collected at the Racine County permanent collection sites.

Collection boxes are for residents of households only, not businesses.


Caledonia Police Dept. 6900 Nicholson Road, Caledonia

Racine Sheriff Patrol Station, 14116 Washington Ave., Sturtevant

Walgreens Pharmacy, 4810 Washington Ave., Racine

City of Burlington Police Department, 224 E. Jefferson St., Burlington

Sturtevant Police Department. 2801 89th St. Sturtevant

Waterford Police Department, 415 N. Milwaukee St., Waterford

City of Racine Police Department, 730 Center St., Racine

Town of Burlington Police Department, 32288 Bushnell Road, Burlington

Wind Point Village Office, 215 East Four Mile Road, Racine

Mount Pleasant Police Department, 8811 Campus Dr., Mount Pleasant

Union Grove Village Hall, 925 15th Ave., Union Grove

For more information, please contact: Central Racine County Health Department: 262-898-4460, or at its website. Or, the City of Racine Public Health Department 262-636-9201, or its website.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.