Don’t throw old medicine down the drain or in the garbage. Instead, dispose of them safely in a MedReturn Drug Collection Box at the Mount Pleasant Police Department, no questions asked.

Both over-the-counter and prescription drugs will be accepted in the new drop-box in the lobby of MPPD. Residents can drop off old meds between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The new box is made possible by a partnership between the police, Racine County Youth Coalition and the Central Racine County Health Department.

Keeping drugs out of area waterways and out of the hands of drug abusers are two of the primary goals of the collection box, a written statement from Mount Pleasant police Sgt. Eric Relich reads.

“The most commonly abused medications are Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicadin, Tylenol with codeine, Ritalin, Xanax, Adderall, Klonopin and cough and cold medicines. Proper disposal of these medications and others can help limit drug abuse,” he wrote. “Additionally, a 1999 study found that 80% of streams in the US were contaminated with pharmaceuticals. You should never flush your old medications.”

Needles and sharp objects will not be accepted.

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