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Ozaukee police agencies launch prescription drug drop-offs

Feb. 14, 2011
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By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Feb. 14, 2011 0

Port Washington - Ozaukee County residents will be able to discard unused or out-dated prescription drugs or other medications at the Sheriff's Department and six municipal police departments as part of an Oz Med Drop program announced Monday.

Removing the unneeded medications from homes will reduce risk of drug abuse and poisonings of children, said Gail J. Bruss, prevention and intervention program coordinator for Starting Point of Ozaukee Inc.

Fully 13% of county youth enrolled in grades 6 to 12 said in a recent survey that they had experimented with pharmaceutical drugs in the last year, Bruss said. Hospital emergency rooms in the county treated 35 children under age 18 for poisonings and drug overdoses in 2009, she said.

Each medicine drop-off location is open to all county residents. There is no charge for the service. The Oz Med Drop program is financed by a Drug Free Communities Support Program grant from the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy.

Participants should remove prescription labels or other personal information from each container.

The participating law enforcement agencies, locations and drop-off times are as follows: Sheriff's Department, 1201 S. Spring St., Port Washington, from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday; Cedarburg Police Department, W75-N444 Wauwatosa Road, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; Grafton Police Department, 1981 Washington St., 24 hours a day, daily; Mequon Police Department, Safety Building lobby, 11300 N. Buntrock Ave., 24 hours a day, daily; Port Washington Police Department, 365 N. Wisconsin Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily; Saukville Police Department, 639 Green Bay Road, 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday; Thiensville Police Department, Municipal Center lobby, 250 Elm St., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Don Behm reports on Milwaukee County government, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the environment and communities in southeastern Wisconsin. He has won reporting awards for investigations of Great Lakes water pollution, Milwaukee's cryptosporidiosis outbreak, and the deaths of three sewer construction workers in a Menomonee Valley methane explosion.

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