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Wisconsin Rapids Police promote proper drug disposal


Wisconsin Rapids Police teamed up with the local event "Community Care Day," to promote proper disposal of prescription drugs.

Police say that each week members of the community drop off enough prescription medication to fill a 33 gallon garbage bag.

"Its amazing the amount of prescription drugs that are being disposed of," says Todd Snyder, Wisconsin Rapids police officer. "This prevents any future problems."

Community Care Day offers free food and health services, including the prescription drug drop off.

"People can come with any unused prescription drugs, drop them off and then the police dispose of it for them," says Paul Liebherr, Community Care Day organizer.

The event also helps to prevent drug abuse. A problem police say that does exist.

"It does happen and there are some in this area we do have prescription medications that are abused," says Snyder.

"There is a lot of that stuff sitting in medicine cabinets and counters that isn't used and finds its way into the wrong hands," says Liebherr. "Its amazing the amount they can gather at an event like this."

It's not just about preventing drug abuse. Police say that the drop off also helps to eliminate harmful effect the drugs might have on rivers and streams. For instance, if someone were to flush prescription medication down the toilet instead of properly disposing of them.

"They can take them to certain events, you know like we had with community care and dispose of their drugs in a proper way in which its better for our ecosystem," says Snyder. "There are not these prescription drugs going into our landfills and they aren't basically polluting our ecosystem."

Prescription drop off is not just a one time event. The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department collects prescription drugs year round at their site during business hours. Medications are also being collected at the Marshfield, Nekoosa, Pittsville, Port Edwards, Rome, and Grand Rapids Police Departments, and the Wood County Sheriff's Department. For more information you can call the Health Department at (715) 421-8911 or (715) 387-8646.


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