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The Central Racine County Health Department and City of Racine Health Department will hold a free household medication collection drop off from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at 6299 21st St.

Residents can drop off outdated or unused medication, including prescription medication, free of charge. The collection date is being offered to prevent medications from getting into the wrong hands, and promote safe disposal as residents often dump the medications in the trash or flush it down the toilet. Unfortunately, some medications end up in area water systems or the hands of children.

For quicker service, residents are asked to bring medication in original bottles, with names crossed out, and in a clear plastic bag. The name of the medication should still be visible.

Do not bring: sharps or bio-hazardous material

The drop off is confidential and requires no preregistration. Best of all, participants will not need to leave the comfort of their cars to turn in items for disposal. There will be law enforcement present to assure the safe collection and destruction of all medication. You have the opportunity to safely dispose of your unwanted medications at no cost.

Spread the word to your family and friends. This is an important program that will help protect your health and protect our community and the environment.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.