Jackie Nitschke Center: Time to rid your cabinets of unwanted medication

(Green Bay, Wis.) – Take a quick look into the bathroom cabinet at many homes and you are likely to find old, unused and expired medications. For those on the road to recovery from addiction, those pills can be tempting. The medications can also be harmful if they fall into the wrong hands.

The Jackie Nitschke Center is encouraging community members to clean out your medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers, taking advantage of the Drug Take Back Day on October 29.

“It’s easy and convenient to participate in Drug Take Back Day,” said Michelle Pierquet-Hohner, Chief Operating Officer at Jackie Nitschke Center. “Just go through your medicine cabinets to determine what is old and unused, then take those medications to a collection site for drop off. It’s that easy.”

Prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted, including:

  • Capsules
  • Creams
  • Inhalers
  • Ointments
  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Vials

There will be a number of area collection sites in Northeast Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services:

  • Brown County
    • Allouez Village Hall
    • Bellevue Village Hall
    • HSHS St. Mary’s Medical Center
    • N.E.W. Community Clinic
    • Village of Wrightstown Police Dept.
  • Door County
    • Door County Sheriff’s Office
  • Calumet County
    • New Holstein Police Dept.
  • Shawano County
    • Bonduel Police Dept.
    • Shawano County Sheriff’s Office

The last Drug Take Back Day was in April when Wisconsinites safely disposed of 59,840 lbs. of medications.

If alcohol or other substances are a problem for you or someone important in your life, the Jackie Nitschke Center is just a call away at (920) 435-2093. More information is also available at www.JackieNitschkeCenter.org.