There are any number of reasons why we should all be interested in the safe disposal of unwanted prescription drugs. We don’t want them cluttering up our cabinets. We don’t want them ending up in the wrong hands. And we certainly don’t want them ending up in our drinking water or our trout streams. And we risk all of that when we take the convenient road of throwing them in the garbage or flushing them down the sink or toilet.

Here in Dane County, Safe Communities offers year-round MedDrop boxes that have collected more than 11 tons of drugs since 2007. But this year the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Department of Natural Resources are joining in a National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm. Individuals can anonymously drop off unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs at collection sites for free. You can find a list of sites at both the Safe Communities Dane County and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration websites.


We like the collaborative effort. We especially like keeping drugs from being misused.