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Drug Drop Box

A medication drop box is available at the Marinette County Office of Sheriff Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2161 University Drive, Marinette, WI. The program is for the collection of expired, unused, and unneeded pharmaceutical drugs.

The drop box is NOT for illegal drugs, sharps needles or syringes, non medical inhalers, mercury, ostomy supplies, diabetes monitors or supplies, commercial business or long-term care deposits.

Please leave the medication in the original package or bottle. Participants can cross off your name or other identifying information. DO NOT cross off the name of the medication.

This program was implemented because unused medications in the home pose a health and safety risk especially to children. Each day approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, these expired or no longer needed medications are usually disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or dumping them in the garbage, introducing complex chemical compounds into landfills, waste water treatment facilities and ultimately the entire ecosystem.

Residents will no longer have to hold these medications for long periods of time waiting for a special drug collection event. Now they can simply bring the medications to the Law Enforcement Center.

The drop box was made available through a cooperative effort between the Sheriff's Office, Marinette County Public Health, and Marinette County Employees Credit Union and various donations.