Wisconsin Agency Funds Prescription-drug Collections

Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2009 --- 7:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin residents looking for a safe way to dispose of expired prescription drugs will now have their chance.

A state agency is sponsoring a series of prescription-drug collection events across Wisconsin through November.

The issue of what to do with leftover prescription drugs has become a growing concern. Many people flush them down toilets, but studies show the drugs can affect aquatic life or end up in trace amounts in drinking water.

But drugs also shouldn't be tossed in the garbage because kids might find them.

So the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has distributed $75,000 in grants to county and municipal governments to fund the free collections.

There's a list of dates and locations on the agency's Web site.

List of collection events:
http://www.datcp.state.wi.us/arm/agriculture/pest-fert/pesticides/clean-sweep/pdf/2009/Fall2009ScheduleDrugs.pdf

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