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HHM expects to collect 250-300 lbs of medication at Drop-Off

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WEST SALEM, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Program expects to collect 250 to 300 pounds of medication Saturday at their quarterly Medication Drop-Off.

HHM hosts the event to help people get rid of unwanted medications, creams, liquids, even needles, so they don't fall into the wrong hands or end up being flushed into area rivers.

La Crosse County's Special Waste Manager, Randy Nedrelo, said over-the-counter medication are stored at HHM and incinerated.

But there's a different process when it comes to controlled substances.

"The controlled medications are the ones that have to be handled way more carefully," Nedrelo said. These will go directly to the Sheriff's Department and following the April collection the (Drug Enforcement Administration) takes possession of them and they guarantee they get destroyed."

In order for the volunteers to collect controlled substances, a law enforcement officer needs to be on hand. A member of the sheriff's department was present Saturday.

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