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HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital Supports Efforts to Dispose of Medications in our Community

SHEBOYGAN - HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is supporting the disposal of unused and expired medications within Sheboygan County, and has been for more than 10 years. The hospital implemented the first community medication take back event as part of a health fair in fall of 2007. 

It’s an effort that continues to this day, as opioid abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and remains a top public health concern.  In recent years, the hospital has been an integral part of the Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 initiative participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back events. 

The goal of the take-back day is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal of prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

“Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused,” said Mary Paluchniak, Facilitator Outreach for Community Benefit at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital.

During the Oct. 27, 2018 take-back day nearly 400 pounds of unused/expired medications were collected at five sites.  At the HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital drop-off site, more than 165 people brought over 250 pounds of unwanted medication.  Colleagues from Community Benefit, Plant Services and The Green Team staff this event. 

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital also supports this effort by developing marketing materials and funding ads in local newspapers to share information with our partners and throughout our community.  During the event, unused and expired medications are collected at five sites throughout Sheboygan County with HSHS St. Nicholas serving as the city of Sheboygan location. 

People who attended the October take-back event shared their stories and thanked HSHS.

“Some of the people who dropped off medication were going through the loss of a loved one,” said Mary. “They passed along their appreciation for having this service, saying it made it easier for them to dispose of their loved ones unused medications.”

A similar event was held at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls in October. That take-back event brought in more than 63 pounds of unused or unwanted medication.

Media Contacts

Angela Deja
Public Relations Coordinator
(920) 272-3360

Dana Jermstad
Senior Communications and Public Relations Manager
(920) 429-1752
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