RHINELANDER - We all have Tylenol and other medicines in our cabinets at home, but what do you do with them when they expire?
Saturday, local officials helped people properly dispose of those unwanted medicines as part of Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Minocqua, Rhinelander, and Three Lakes Police Departments teamed up with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, the DOJ, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"A lot of the medications are absorbed into the water system, so they're finding pollutants in the water, so in order to avoid that, they've switched over to incinerating them or burning them," said Detective Josh Chiamulera.
People were encouraged to bring in prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as ointments and certain sprays.
"We found some in our basement that I knew we weren't supposed to throw away from literally 10 years ago," said Shelly Watz, a Rhinelander resident.
The Rhinelander Police Department said it expected to collect nearly 300 pounds of medication Saturday.
The departments hope to continue to bring awareness to the issue of prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin.