The Whitewater Police Department, Whitewater Department of Public Works, John’s Disposal and JWR Distributors have worked together to provide a safe alternative method for the disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals. A drug drop box is conveniently located in the Fremont Street foyer of the Whitewater Municipal Building at 312 W. Whitewater St. and may be accessed during normal business hours. This free service is available to all residents of Whitewater who now have a safe and anonymous means of disposing their old medications.
Studies have shown that residential supplies of pharmaceutical controlled substances, those found in our home medicine cabinets, have become the supply choice for young people and criminals. Many abusers, a high percentage of which are teens, are known to have obtained their controlled substances from the homes of family and friends. In addition, research has shown that our environment has been threatened by medication being flushed down toilets. Most controlled substances are created synthetically and are not removed through normal water-treatment processes. This can result in the discharge of these substances into the environment and into our ground water supplies. So it is with great pride that we offer a safe method to dispose of these items.
Items that will be accepted include:
- Prescription drugs
- Over the counter medication
Liquids, creams, gels etc, can remain in their original containers. You may remove the labels if you wish to remain anonymous and place these items in a zip-top baggie to prevent leaking.
Items we cannot accept include:
- Sharps (accepted by Whitewater Family Practice)
- Oxygen tanks
- Radioactive cancer medication
- Mercury thermometers