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WLSSD to host collection event for unwanted medication

DULUTH, Minn. — Western Lake Superior Sanitary District will host a free collection event for unwanted or expired medications at its regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Day” is a one-day event offering residents free disposal of unwanted medications in a safe, convenient and environmentally sound manner. Due to U.S. drug laws, medication can only be accepted at this location during these specially-staffed events.

“Prescription drugs and common over-the-counter medications can be a gateway to addiction,” said Sarah Lerohl, Environmental Program Coordinator. “These events offer a timely reminder to clean out the cabinet, and offer easy, drive-through access.” Residents are also encouraged to use medication drop box sites at local law enforcement agencies and participating local pharmacies. “Year ‘round drop boxes are also more convenient than ever, with sixteen available locally,” continued Lerohl. A complete list of drop box locations is available at https://wlssd.com/education/pollution-prevention/medicine/.

To prepare for all drop off programs:

. Bring prescription or over-the-counter medication in its original container and place in a sealed, clear plastic bag.

. Cross off or scratch out identifying information if desired. Drop off is anonymous, no ID is required.

. Keep medications out of reach of children while storing and transporting material.

. Needles or other medical sharps are only accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste facility, not drop box sites. Separate and package them in rigid containers such as laundry detergent bottles for safe disposal.

Medicine Cabinet Cleanout events are a community effort aimed at preventing accidental poisonings, diversion of medicines for illicit purposes, and the introduction of pharmaceuticals into local waterways via improper disposal down the drain or toilet. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department will provide law enforcement staff at the event while pharmacists from Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospitals and clinics will aid in the sorting and identifying the collected medication.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 530 square mile service area in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.