More than 277 local law enforcement agencies will participate in Drug Take Back Day across the state Saturday, Oct. 26.

Wisconsinites are encouraged to dispose of unwanted and unused medications at Drug Take Back and drug disposal locations.

Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.

Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them, and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes.

The Medicine Shoppe, 4205 Monona Drive, will accept unwanted and unused medicine from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event is held in conjunction with the Monona Police Department.

The Cottage Grove Police Department will team up with Forward Pharmacy, 429 W. Cottage Grove Road, to accept unwanted medications from 9 a.m. to noon.

The McFarland Police Department accepts unwanted medication from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Madison Police Department East District, 809 S. Thompson Drive, accepts unwanted medication from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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