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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Team Up to Promote Saturday's National Prescription Drug "Take Back Day"

 

News Conference Held Today at the State Crime Lab in Milwaukee

 

MILWAUKEE — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today encouraged Wisconsinites to participate in Saturday's national Prescription Drug “Take Back” Day, being held in communities across the state. Van Hollen, Assistant Special Agent in Charge James F. Bohn from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and South District Water Leader Lloyd Eagan from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) briefed media on the dangers of prescription drug abuse during the news conference at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab – Milwaukee.

 

Individuals with unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs may drop them off this Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Take Back service is free and anonymous. Using your zip code, you can find a drop-off location near you by visiting the DEA website

 

“These drugs can be easy targets for abuse because they may be so readily available, especially for our children,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Removing the hazard through this Take Back program helps to prevent crime and sadly, what could become a tragic loss of life.”

 

“There is currently a nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country. Misuse of prescription drugs can lead to addiction and can lead to the use of illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine,” Jim Bohn, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Milwaukee District Office, said. “The National Prescription Drug Take Back campaign, which is sponsored by the DEA, is an important first step in keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of those who may misuse them as well as an important step in making people aware of the potential for misuse of these drugs.”

 

“We appreciate DEA's leadership in partnering with the state of Wisconsin on this critical initiative,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said. “We recognize that unused and unwanted prescription drugs are not only a threat to the great natural resources of this state but a danger to public health as well, and we are proud to be recognized as a national leader in the safe return of these medications.”

 

Earlier this year, the DEA reported that a record 37,642 pounds, or 18.7 tons, worth of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection sites throughout Wisconsin on April 28, 2012, making our state the third largest contributor of unwanted medications in the country