Old prescription pills disposed of in Oneida County drug take back programSubmitted: 05/16/2015
Old prescription pills disposed of in Oneida County drug take back program
Story By Mary O'Connell

ONEIDA COUNTY - People got rid of their prescription drugs in Oneida County Saturday afternoon. The drug take back program allowed people to get rid of old or unused pills in their house.

The Oneida County Landfill, Three Lakes town hall, Rhinelander Police Department, and Minocqua Police Department all collected pills Saturday. Inhalers and syringes were not accepted.

Officers say it's important to get rid of your unused or expired prescription pills.

"We collect used and expired medications from your households," said Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Phil Newcomb. "You can drop them off. No questions asked. We dispose of them for you, and that way they're not in other people's hands."

Officers collected more than 100 bottles at the landfill location. They say they don't want the old pills to get into the wrong hands.

"These medications, we don't want them to end up in the landfill or in the groundwater," said Newcomb. "We also don't want them to get into the hands of drug abusers, so we'll collect those medications and dispose of them."

The Rhinelander Police Department has a collection box for old pills that is open all year.

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