Wisconsin Drug Take Back Day Oct. 28

WISCONSIN – On Saturday, Oct. 28, the public is invited to safely dispose of their unwanted medications, both prescription and over-the-counter to Drug Take Back locations across the state.

Drug Take Back Day is a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies, to help bring focus to the issues of prescription painkiller abuse and the opioid epidemic efforts in the state.

“More than two thirds of people who have abused prescription painkillers got them illegally from a friend or family member,” said 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.”

This event provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while education the community about the abuse and consequences of improper disposal of their unwanted medications. Unused or expired medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not able to fully remove these substances; a trace amount of pharmaceuticals have been showing up in rivers and lakes.

To find a Drug Take Back location near you visit doseofrealitywi.gov/drug-takeback/find-a-take-back-location/

Guidelines: 

All waste pharmaceuticals must be generated by a household – no businesses are allowed.

  • Bring: Prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials, and pet medications.
  • Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials, personal care products, household hazardous waste, mercury thermometers.

Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medications by removing the medication from its container an disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag, Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable. \

Liquids will be accepted during this initiative, however, they must be in their original packaging – those without will not be accepted.

 

 

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