Updated: 9/25/2014 08:23:43 AM


prescription drugs          

  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital Pharmacy accepts most over-the-counter and prescription meds for disposal.  Call the pharmacy at 928-2279 for more info.
  • The Muskego Police Department  has a drop-off located inside their lobby at W183S8150 Racine Ave for all prescription and over-the-counter meds e.g. vitamins.  The drop-off is open 24/7 and available to everyone.  NO sharps (needles) or inhalers are accepted.
  • There are other police departments in the County that also accept meds for disposal e.g. Hartland, City of Waukesha, and Pewaukee Village, but please call your local police department first as policies do change.
  • Walgreens and CVS have mail-back programs for meds disposal; check with your local store for more details. 
  • Miller Pharmacy, 801 N. Rochester St. Mukwonago, also accepts unused or expired medications for proper disposal. Call 262-363-4001 for more info.

    Disposal through the above locations is highly prefered.  However, if this is not feasible, you may dispose of meds at home using the following guidelines: 

Never dispose of medications by flushing them down the drain or toilet.  You can put unused or expired medications in the garbage.  If you do that:

1. Seal the original child-proof container with tape, or
2. Crush the pills and put them into a container with old coffee grounds or something that kids would never eat
3. Put in a plastic bag within your regular garbage.  You may want to black out any personal identification with a marker.

Small amounts of antibiotics, anti-depressants, veterinary drugs, birth control hormones and ibuprofen have been detected in waterways across the United States. Research suggests that the hormones found in pharmaceuticals may cause abnormalities in the reproductive cycles of fish. Antibiotics that are present may also lead to the development of drug-resistant germs, which are linked to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More research still needs to be done to determine the effects of long-term human exposure, as well as how drugs get into waterways, but the available research suggests that we need to keep medicines out of our waterways.

Wisconsin has a special program for cancer and chronic disease treatment drugs where unopened, recent prescriptions can be donated to participating pharmacies or medical facilities for use by other patients.  The WI Department of Health and Family Services administers this program. Click here for more info.   

There is no statewide or nationwide comprehensive unused drug disposal program.  Special one-day collections for the public to safely return unused medicines raise awareness, but they are not a long-term sustainable solution.  County staff is participating on a state working group to develop consistent educational messages and test other models for collection that would be ongoing and sustainable.   

Please visit these websites for more info:

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