Lake Country Rotary and the Hartland Police Department recently partnered to purchase secure drug collection units for the Hartland Village Hall.
The drop boxes will allow residents to safely dispose of unused medication 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Police Chief Robert Rosch said the medication will be collected daily by the Hartland Police Department and incinerated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency on an annual basis.
“If someone wants to drop off illegal drugs, they can do that, too,” Rosch said.
The MedReturn drug disposal unit looks similar to a mailbox, but is bolted to the floor and weighs 120 pounds, according to the company’s website. Each unit costs $695.
Residents are asked not to dispose of hazardous materials or items exposed to human bodily fluids, including syringes and inhalers.
The purchase is part of a larger effort being made by local, state and national authorities to prevent the abuse of prescription medication and to protect local waterways from contamination.
Residents were invited in April to participate in a national drug disposal day, with collection sites located in Pewaukee, Oconomowoc, Mukwonago, Waukesha and Menomonee Falls.
On Friday, May 16, the Hartland Police Department partnered with Arrowhead High School to host a drug disposal site at the Mullet Ice Center. According to the school, a total of 319 pounds of drugs were collected and more than half of residents were first-time contributors.
“People don’t know what to do with this stuff, but now they have a safe way to dispose of it,” Rosch said.