Stoughton Area Medication Disposal Sept. 25th

Posted Thursday, September 23, 2010 --- 11:59 a.m.

Release from the Stoughton Hospital:

Stoughton Area Medication Disposal and Sharps Collection
9:00am – 12noon Saturday, September 25, 2010 Stoughton Fire Department
Drive Through Service

Please join the Stoughton Wellness Coalition for the Stoughton Medication Disposal and Sharps Collection Program on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Stoughton Fire Department, 401 E. Main Street between the hours of 9:00am - noon.

-Convenient drive through service provided at the fire station
-Bring all medications in their original containers (if possible) – cross off personal information with a black marker
-Sharps must be dropped off in a registered sharps container or thick plastic laundry detergent bottle
-The Lions/Lioness will also be collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids

Unwanted and unused prescription and over the counter drugs can be found in most homes. If abandoned, these drugs pose a safety risk to children, teens and adults. If improperly disposed, they can also pose an environmental risk to surface water, ground water and drinking water. It is for these reasons the Stoughton Community Wellness Coalition, a partnership between the City of Stoughton, Stoughton Hospital and Stoughton Area School District, is hosting an event to provide a safe, environmentally friendly option to dispose of medications and sharps.

Past disposal recommendations included flushing drugs down a toilet or placing them in the trash – both methods potentially place our water supplies at risk. Trace levels of many drugs are being discovered in both surface waters and ground water. Research at the Marshfield Clinic and UW-Madison has indicated that pharmaceutical drugs are not usually inactivated in septic systems or wastewater treatment plants. Drug components can harm plants and animals that depend on these water resources. Current research has proven that there should be more concern expressed about the impact that these medications may have on the environment and the risk associated with exposure, including antibiotic resistance. In addition, disposing of medications in the trash increases access to medications by children and pets.

Safety of the public is another concern. Unused pharmaceutical drugs in a household pose a significant health risk for improper or illegal use by others. Even over-the-counter drugs (i.e., appetite suppressants, cold medications, etc.) have the potential to be lethal to children.
Medication disposal programs have demonstrated success in prevention or reduction of unintentional ingestion and overdose of medicine among children and teens, medication errors among the elderly, inappropriate use of medications, drug use, drug diversion from the home to the streets, and pollution of the environment. Safe collection of disposable sharps, needles and syringes, is also a community health concern.

For additional information please call Stoughton City Hall (608)873-6677.

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