The effort to get people clean out their medicine cabinets is working.

Almost 3,000 pounds of medications were collected from Racine County residents during four county-wide medication collection events held this year.

The Central Racine County Health Department (CRCHD) and City of Racine Health Department (RHD) worked with law enforcement and other agencies to collect 2,735 pounds of uncontrolled and 220 pounds of controlled unwanted, unused and expired medications.

“By properly discarding of unused medication the health departments are protecting the environment by keeping drugs out of the waterways and landfills as well as keeping potentially harmful drugs from getting into the wrong hands,” according to a joint press release from the CRCHD and RHD.

If you missed the event and still have medications to dispose of, several drop boxes are located at local police departments.

For more information on Racine County medication events or drop box sites, please contact your local health department: Central Racine County Health Department; 262-898-4467; www.crchd.com or City of Racine Health Department; 262-636-9203; www.cityofracine.org/health.

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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.