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National Take-Back Day Collects 4,480 Pounds of Unused and Unwanted Prescription Medication in Wisconsin


MADISONLast weekend's National Take-Back Day in Wisconsin resulted in the collection of 4,480 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription medication in Wisconsin. Eighty-four law enforcement agencies from throughout Wisconsin participated in the national collection initiative that was a cooperative effort to safely dispose of expired, unused or otherwise unwanted prescription drugs. The program is a cooperative effort involving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and local law enforcement across the country.


“Last weekend's National Take-Back Day was a resounding success,” said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “I am thankful for the DEA partnering with us for this initiative in order to provide a much needed service for the people of Wisconsin.”


Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation assisted local law enforcement by staffing five “drop-off” locations across the state. Any medication, with the exception of liquids, intra-venous solutions and syringes, was accepted, including controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medication


“The unauthorized use of prescription drugs is not only illegal, it can be destructive” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “As I have traveled the state and met with local law enforcement, community leaders, and their state representatives, prescription drug abuse was a topic that arose frequently.”