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Safely Dispose Old Prescriptions

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Although drop boxes are set up across the state, Wisconsinites only deposited 2% of their unused prescription drugs in 2010.  That left more than 4.3 million pounds of drugs unaccounted for.

The DNR says prescription drugs that get flushed down the drain or thrown in the trash can end up in water supplies and the environment. Local law enforcement is also concerned about this issue because old prescriptions could fall into the wrong hands. 

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's office says its seen some cases where prescription drugs were stolen during burglaries.

"So it's just not a good idea to have these laying around if they're not going to be utilized in your home for whoever they were intended for," says Captain Dan Bresina.

In the last two years Eau Claire County has collected 2,000 pounds of unused prescriptions in its drop boxes.

You can find boxes at the new Eau Claire County jail entrance and several police stations across the county including the Altoona Police Department, Augusta Police Department and the Fall Creek Police Department.

You can also drop off drugs at the Chippewa Falls Police Department.

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