In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), local law enforcement agencies will be holding Drug Take Back events throughout Wisconsin on Saturday, April 29.
Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal of unused or expired drugs, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.
“More than two thirds of people who have abused prescription painkillers got them illegally from a friend or family member,” said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Wisconsinites can help cut down on prescription drug abuse by storing prescription drugs securely and disposing of unused medication through proper methods, like DOJ’s biannual Drug Take Back Day.”
Drug take back days are held each spring and fall across the country, and according to Schimel, in Wisconsin they’ve resulted in the collection and safe destruction of over 207,000 pounds of unused medications. Last October, Wisconsin ranked second behind only Texas in the volume of medication turned in.
For more information, including a list of accepted medications, visit the DOJ’s website. Additional information also is available on the “Dose of Reality” website, which features an interactive map people can use to find a drug take-back location near them