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Door County Community News – Dispose of Unwanted Medicines Properly

For the first time ever, Door County will be offering a free Medication Collection Event on Sept. 13 from 9 am – noon at two locations: Justice Center, 1201 S. Duluth, Sturgeon Bay; and Sister Bay Liberty Grove Fire Station, 2258 Mill Rd., Sister Bay.

Residents will have the opportunity to bring unused, old medication to either site for proper disposal. Accepted items are: expired or unwanted pet and human meds which include pills, capsules, liquids, creams, ointments and inhalers. Unaccepted items are: needles, syringes, institutional/health care wastes or medical waste. Information is available at the Door County Public Health Dept. on disposal sites in the county for needles/syringes.

People should bring their unwanted medications in their original containers to the drop off site. People will not have to provide their name, and names may be crossed off bottles with a black marker before bringing items in; however the medication name and dosage should remain on the label, as there are a number of concerns when disposing of household pharmaceuticals. For instance, there is the possibility of poisoning from accidental ingestion, particularly among young children and pets, if thrown in the trash. There could also be contamination of water resources, which can lead to reproductive and developmental problems in fish and other aquatic wildlife, if flushed or placed in the trash. Illegal use or theft, including identity theft, from discarded containers providing personal patient information is also a concern.

For more information or for those with special needs, please contact Door County Emergency Management at 920.746.7101.