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About 1,800 pounds of drugs safely disposed

Published On: Apr 29 2013 03:59:53 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 29 2013 09:56:29 PM CDT

Just under 1,800 pounds of expired or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected from the four sites in La Crosse County taking part in Saturday's medication drop-off event.

It's the most the county's special waste manager Randy Nedrelo has seen since the program started.

He says it's a great trend for keeping the drugs from getting into the wrong hands and abused, and it also protects the environment.

"Flushing medications does cause issues as far as the waterways, because it does go through the water treatment system and directly into the river," Nedrelo said.

The medications will be incinerated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Nedrelo says about 1,000 people dropped off medications in the county and about 500 people stopped by the Onalaska Police Department to do so.

There's another collection scheduled for August 17 at the Household Hazardous Waste site off of Highway 16 towards West Salem.