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"Yellow Jug" program to encourage Wisconsinites to return unused medicine

An array of prescription drugs, including a container of birth control pills in the background. The pills are scattered and unarranged. (By J. Troha (Photographer) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
An array of prescription drugs, including a container of birth control pills in the background. The pills are scattered and unarranged. (By J. Troha (Photographer) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Don't be surprised if the place where you buy your medicines encourages you to return pills that you don't use.  

The Great Lakes Clean Water Organization says it will encourage pharmacies in Wisconsin and four other states to take part in its "Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program."  

It started in 2008 in Michigan, and later expanded to Wisconsin and Illinois. Indiana and Ohio will get on board this month.  

It's among a number of efforts in recent years to keep old and unused prescription drugs from being flushed down toilets and thrown into the garbage. Those programs try to avoid drug chemicals from polluting public water supplies -- which we're seeing more of during the past few years.  

The Yellow Jug programs says it has properly disposed of almost 50 million tons of old medicines in its six-year existence.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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