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Wisconsin Residents Urged to Drop Off Unused Medications During Tomorrow's National Prescription Drug "Take-Back Day"

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s next National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is scheduled for TOMORROW from 10 am to 2 pm.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and James F. Bohn, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Milwaukee District Office, have joined forces to remind Wisconsinites to participate in tomorrow’s National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, being held in communities across Wisconsin from 10 am to 2 pm.

 

The “Take-Back” service is free and anonymous. Individuals with unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs may drop them off at one of the more than 175 collection sites statewide on April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. Using your zip code, you can find a drop-off location near you by visiting the DEA website: www.DEA.gov.

 

Unused medications can be diverted for misuse and abuse, and improper disposal can threaten the state’s natural resources and public health. In Wisconsin last year, the DEA reported that a total of 60,205 pounds, or 30.1 tons, worth of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection sites statewide during the two “Take-Back” days in April and October 2012, making Wisconsin one of the largest contributors of unwanted medications in the country. In addition to the many local law enforcement agencies that participate as drop-off sites for residents, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin National Guard and special agents with the Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assist with annual “Take-Back” efforts.