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Medication Drop Box Available in Lakewood
For medications no longer needed can be dropped off at Nicolet Pharmacy in Lakewood. The drop box is available when Nicolet Pharmacy is open: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oconto County now has three medication drop boxes in these locations: Nicolet Pharmacy in Lakewood, Oconto County Sheriff's Department and the Gillett Police Department.
The Sheriff's Department drop box is located in building B of the courthouse and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Enter the main entrance of building B, walk straight ahead towards the dispatch window and turn left just past the men's bathroom. The green drop box is on the left hand side. The Gillett Police Department drop box is available when the department has an officer inside, typically weekdays and is inside the main entrance of the police department.
Do not drop sharps/needles/syringes in any of the medication drop boxes. To get rid of your sharps, take them to HSHS St. Clare Hospital in Oconto Falls, Oconto Pharmacy, or Nicolet Pharmacy's counter.
Accepted in the medication drop box are:
Expired or unwanted prescriptions and medicine, including pills and liquids,
Vitamins and herbal medicines,
Over the counter medicines,
Inhalers and nebulizers.
NOT accepted at the drop box are:
Sharps, needles or syringes,
Items from businesses or long-term care facilities.
When dropping medications off like pills in bottles, take the pills out of the bottle and pour the pills directly into the drop box, take the bottle with you and throw away somewhere else; pills in blister packages: take the blister package out of the outside cardboard container and drop the blister pack directly into the drop box. Throw away the cardboard container somewhere else; Liquids: make sure the lid is closed tightly and place container in the drop box.
The medication drop box offers a safe way to get rid of unused medications. Flushing unused medications causes the chemicals from medications to get into ground water. Simply throwing unused medications in the trash could lead to accidental poisoning because children and/or pets have easy access to them. Throwing them in the trash can also means that they could be stolen or abused.
For more information, call Oconto County Public Health at 920-834-7000.