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 Safe use.       Safe storage.     SAFE DISPOSAL.


October 27, 2018 - Drug Take Back Day - 10am to 2pm


Rx Take Back Day - October 27th

Wisconsin has been 3rd in the nation, 3 times, for most prescription drugs taken back on a take back day.  That is only behind the states of California and Texas, whose populations are considerably larger than WI. 

  • 6,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication collected between October 2016- April 2018 in Eau Claire CountY
  • April 2018, over 1,800 pounds collected during the Drug Take Back event 
  • Wisconsin reached a record-breaking collection over 63,500 pounds of unused medications. 

Here's what you need to know:


Marshfield Clinic—Eau Claire Center
(Entrance B), 2116 Craig Rd, Eau Claire - 10am-2pm

Altoona Police Department
1904 Spooner Ave, Altoona - 10am-2pm


Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

  • Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed.
  • Liquids will be accepted during this initiative.  However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications.  Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.

All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process.  Law enforcement personnel should not handle the medications at any time.


Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), mercury thermometers, personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).


Safe use...

A study published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that when someone uses a narcotic painkiller for just one day, you only have a 6% chance of still using the drug a year later. When you take a painkiller for eight or more days, your likelihood of using the drug a year later rises to 13.5%. It is important to know that using a prescription painkiller for 31 days or more increases your chances of long-term opioid use to 29.9%.

  • Take your medications only as long as they’re needed, and never more than directed by your prescribing medical professional.
  • Do not share your prescription painkillers or other medications with anyone.
  • Do not take someone else’s prescription medication.

Learn more at:


Safe storage...

Do you store your prescription opioids (or narcotics) and other medications in the medicine cabinet in your bathroom? You’re not alone – it’s a common practice, but storing your medications in an easily accessible place means they’re available for children, teens, or others to find and abuse. 

In Eau Claire County, over 200 high school youth report misusing prescriptions drugs in the past month. The average age of first misuse is 13, while 35 kids reported first misuse at age 10 or younger! Nearly 1 in 5 teens say prescription medications are EASY to get, AND most that report misuse say either a friend gave it to them, or they got it from their own home, a friend's home, or a grandparent's home without permission.

  • Keep your medications out of sight
  • Keep your medication out of reach
  • Lock them up!

Learn more at:


Safe Disposal...

Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.  

Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our state's medicine cabinets helps to prevent them from going into our water supply. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.


There are five year round drop off locations in Eau Claire County!

Visit us on YouTube to see how-to videos for dropping off your meds in Altoona, Augusta, Eau Claire, & Fall Creek!

YouTube Channel Medication Drop Off Videos


Altoona Emergency Services Building
1904 Spooner Avenue
Hours M-F, 7:30 am - 4 pm
(715) 839-6090

Augusta City Hall
145 W. Lincoln Street
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4 pm
(715) 286-2555

Fall Creek Village Hall
122 E. Lincoln Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm
(715) 877-2177

Eau Claire County Courthouse - Law Enforcement Center
721 Oxford Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
(715) 839-4709

Eau Claire County Jail Lobby
Enter from 2nd Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm
(715) 839-4709 


More resources to be informed and TAKE ACTION...

Learn about teen medicine misuse and its prevention:

Information and actions you can take as...


To find out more and how YOU can get involved with medicine abuse prevention, e-mail
Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil ( 
or call her at 715-839-6287 and ask for Sarah