Did you know that in Eau Claire County…
- Over 200 high school youth in the county 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.
- 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.
- Short term, just ONE dose too large can cause serious health problems and potentially lead to death.
- Long term, addiction can develop and lead to use of other dangerous drugs.
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!
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Altoona Emergency Services Building
1904 Spooner Avenue
Hours M-F, 7:30 am - 4 pm
Augusta City Hall
145 W. Lincoln Street
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4 pm
Fall Creek Village Hall
122 E. Lincoln Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Eau Claire County Courthouse - Law Enforcement Center
721 Oxford Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
Eau Claire County Jail Lobby
Enter from 2nd Avenue
Hours M-F, 8 am – 4:30 pm
October 22, 2016 - Drug Take Back Day - 10am to 2pm
Here's what you need to know:
DROP OFF LOCATION: Marshfield Clinic—Eau Claire Center
(Entrance A), 2116 Craig Rd, Eau Claire - 10am-2pm
BRING: 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.
DO NOT BRING: 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).
To find out more and how YOU can get involved, e-mail
Rachael Manning (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cortney Draxler (email@example.com)
or call 715-839-4718 and ask for either Rachael or Cortney.