Medication Collection: A Prescription for Safe Kids and Clean Water

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On October 30, the City of Oak Creek hosted a drug forum to discuss teen drug use in our community and what parents can do to prevent drug addiction in their children.  Prescription drug abuse is on the rise because teens have easy access to pills out of their parents and grandparent’s medicine cabinets. It is important to dispose of unused and expired medications so teens are not tempted or pressured to use their parent’s medications. To address this issue the City of Oak Creek has a medication collection box available to all residents:

WHEN:  Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Oak Creek Police Department, 301 W. Ryan Road

WHAT TO BRING:  Prescription medication in the original container (remove your name from the bottle), over-the-counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams and pet medications

DON’T BRING: Illegal drugs, biohazardous material, needles/sharps, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, etc.), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas)

The Oak Creek Medication Collection program keeps hundreds of pounds of pharmaceutical waste out of our streets and waters and safely away from our children and teens.  In 2012, we collected 316 lbs. and in 2013 we collected 543.9 lbs. of medications.

When medications are in use, it is important to lock them up and keep them safely out of the hands of children and teens. Although highly recommended, medication lockboxes are difficult to find in the stores. Therefore, medication lockboxes are available for purchase at the Oak Creek Health Department: $26.75 for a medium lockbox and $29.75 for a large lockbox.  (Prices are subject to change.)   To purchase, please visit the Health Department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Cash or checks made out to the City of Oak Creek will be accepted.