"Medication Recycling"

By KBJR News 1

"Medication Recycling"

July 27, 2011 Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM CDT

Have you ever found yourself peeking in someone's medicine cabinet and found expired medicine?

If you have old or unneeded Medication at home Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson shows us ways we can dispose of it safely in this week's Your Green Life:

From extra strength pain killers to sleep aids there are all type of medication for any ailment. If you have found you have extras at home, do you know what you can do with it? The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District has an answer.

"It comes in here in to our sorting table where pharmacist staff removes controlled substances and then deliver those substances directly to the sheriff", said Sarah Lerohl

Extra medication which is not included in this category is collected in one container and taken to an incinerator to be destroyed.

"By far the biggest threat is the possibility of a child or a pet getting in to that", said Lerohl.

If you missed out on a collection event there are safe ways to dispose of medication at home.

"Disposal in the garbage is permissible by law, and it's also a good option if people cannot come to a collection event", said Lerohl.

Just remember to not flush the medication down the drain because it can hurt our water supply.
In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands NewsCenter.

Carlton County Residents will be able to drop off old medicine at the following locations:
Carlton County Sheriff's Office
City of Cloquet Police Dept.
City of Moose Lake Police Dept.

You can also call 218-384-9178 for more information.

If you want to dispose medication at home you can follow the directions on WLSSD's website.