Ripon Medical Center community drug drop location now open

Shelly Haberman
Ripon Medical Center Medication Disposal

Agnesian HealthCare has added a third secured drug drop location at Ripon Medical Center enhancing similar services at St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital. The drug drop locations help to ensure the proper disposal of expired or no longer needed medications.

To date, the two hospital collection sites have received more than 841 pounds of medications – nearly half a ton.

This effort gives people in the community a place to dispose of medications that is both environmentally responsible and safe from potential abuse. A recent study has shown that nearly six in 10 Americans have leftover narcotics at home and 20 percent have shared those with another person.

The new drug drop locations complement eight existing sites supported by the Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County in Campbellsport, Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Oakfield, Ripon (City of Ripon Police Department), Rosendale and Waupun.

Agnesian HealthCare has been among one of the first healthcare systems in Wisconsin that offer drug drop boxes within a hospital location.

“Agnesian HealthCare recognizes that prescription drug abuse is a growing concern and one that affects all communities,” according to Katie Reinke, Agnesian HealthCare director of Pharmacy. “We are proud to provide an additional drug drop location in Ripon. We know this service allows for safe disposal of unwanted medications. We are excited to offer a service that is great for both the community and the environment.”

The new drug drop location at Ripon Medical Center is located off the hospital’s lobby, by the main public elevator.

“We’re happy to be offering drug collection and disposal receptacles in the communities we serve so our patients and their families, as well as the general community, can safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired medicines and controlled substances.”

And, according to Reinke, it’s a simple process.

“Simply bring in your unused medications to one of these two locations and drop them into our drug drop box. The box provides a safe, cost-effective and convenient way to dispose of potentially dangerous drugs. It keeps them out of the hands of young people, helps to prevent prescription drug abuse and keeps our water supply safe.”

“We are appreciative of Agnesian HealthCare’s continued efforts to find safe ways to dispose prescription medications that are good for the environment, as well as keeping unwanted medications out of reach,” according to Ellen Sorensen, Drug Free Communities grant coordinator. “Our hope is to make it as easy as possible for individuals to drop off their prescription medications and avoid flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. Studies show that these methods pose environmental risks, especially to our drinking water.”

All drug drop locations are open during hospital main entrance hours. Ripon Medical Center main entrance doors are open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

St. Agnes Hospital main entrance doors are open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. At Waupun Memorial, weekday hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and weekend hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on drug disposal in Fond du Lac and Dodge County, visit agnesianpharmacy.com.

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