RX Take Back Program

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The Marshfield Groundwater Guardians volunteer group in 2005 embarked on a mission to educate the public regarding the proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals.  The public was advised that the disposal of unused pharmaceuticals into a toilet or drain could NOT be removed with normal wastewater treatment methods.

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Pharmaceutical Take-Back events were scheduled and in February, 2008, a permanent pharmaceutical take-back location was established at the City of Marshfield Police Department (110 W 1st St).

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Groundwater Guardian volunteers continue to sort through the collection, twice a year at the Marshfield Police Department, to recycle non-med and transfer meds to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) / U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved containers for their transportation to final destruction.

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From 2005 through 2018, just over 13,000 pounds of unused pharmaceuticals have been collected at this location with an estimated street value over $10,000,000! To recycle unused medications (prescription or non-prescription) bring them to the Marshfield Police Department front entrance during regular business hours. 


The graph shows just how effective this program has been. It is a clear indicator that the community and the Marshfield Police Department have done an outstanding job to ensure RX meds are disposed of safely!