Police PD installs MedReturn drug collection unit at City Hall

Pierz-drop-boxThe Pierz Area Coalition (PAC) has been working closely with the Pierz Police Department (PD) to give Pierz and Eastern Morrison County residents an easy way to keep their medicine cabinets clean.

The MedReturn drug collection unit offers an easy and safe way to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

In general, prescription medications are used properly by those are prescribed to. By having the MedReturn drug collection unit in the place, the goal is to ensure the prescription drugs are in the hands of those they are prescribed for and not in the hands of people who have the opportunity to use and abuse these prescription drugs. The MedReturn unit will also ensure medications are not improperly disposed of in the household trash or by flushing then down the toilet, both of which have damaging effects on the environment and water supply.

Items that can be disposed of in the unit include prescriptions; over-the-counter medications; vitamins; samples; medications for pets; ointments and lotions. Items that will not be accepted include thermometers; needles; bloody or infectious waste; medications from businesses; hydrogen peroxide; aerosol cans or inhalers.

Anyone who wishes to drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs may visit Pierz City Hall, 101 Main St. S., from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Questions may be directed to Pierz Police Chief Eric Hanneken at (320) 468-0299 or Katie Gruber, health educator with Morrison County Public Health at (320) 632-0373.

The MedReturn unit was paid for with funds from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.