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Medication disposal made safe, easy

Pictured above is the Village of Roberts' medication disposal box. The box is located in the lobby of the Roberts Police Department.

How do you dispose of your unwanted medications? Do you flush them down the toilet, throw them in the garbage or leave them in the medicine cabinet?

As of March 1, residents in Hammond and Roberts can dispose of their old or unneeded prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications in secure bins at the local police departments, as part of the St. Croix County Medication Disposal program.

Hammond Police Chief Rick Coltrain said the program is aimed at keeping prescription drugs out of the "wrong hands" or into the sewer system.

"When pills and other prescription drugs are disposed of by flushing them or putting them down the drain it has a negative impact on the operating system at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, groundwater and the environment. Properly disposing of unwanted and unneeded prescriptions benefits everyone in the Roberts community," said Roberts Public Works Director John Bond.

"Prescription drug abuse has become a communitywide and nationwide epidemic," said Roberts Police Chief Dan Burgess

Burgess said prescription drugs being readily available is a big reason for the prescription drug epidemic.

"By using the Prescription Drug Collection program, community members are helping to fight this problem by limiting the availability of prescription drugs," said Burgess.

Coltrain said he thinks the collection program is an important addition to the community, by ensuring medications are disposed of properly.

Residents should place unwanted medications into plastic zip-top bags. Accepted items include: prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medicated liquids, inhalers, sprays and pet medications. Liquids, creams, gels, etc. can remain in their original container; remove name or label and place in a zip-top plastic bag.

The program will not accept sharps, oxygen tanks, nebulizers, radioactive cancer medications or mercury thermometers.

This program is anonymous and there is no cost to drop off medications.

Medications can be dropped off in the secure box located in the lobby of the police departments during regular business hours.

Lobby hours

Roberts Police Department

107 E. Maple St., Roberts


Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hammond Police Department

455 Davis St., Hammond


Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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