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Saturday is the time to toss out the old medicine bottles

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Do you have your Saturday morning errands all scheduled for the weekend?  Maybe your list should include throwing out those old orange pill bottles you aren’t using any more, along with any other unused medications. 

But the drugs shouldn’t be poured down the drain or put in the toilet.  A twice-yearly drug Take Back Day happens around the U.S. on Saturday. 

In La Crosse, the county health department will collect those unused or expired drugs between 9 a.m. and noon at the county building on 4th Street. 

In October of last year, during the most recent Take Back Day, Wisconsin led all other states in the number of disposal sites and the volume of drugs collected.

On that day, 45-hundred disposal sites around the U.S. collected almost a million pounds of unused drugs. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.