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The DEA’s next National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is scheduled
for October 26, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen encourages Wisconsinites to participate in the upcoming National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, being held in communities across Wisconsin on October 26, 2013, 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 collection sites statewide. Using your zip code, you can find a drop-off location near you by visiting the DEA website: www.DEA.gov.
“Preventing prescription drug diversion and misuse goes hand-in-hand with preventing Heroin abuse, which we know is a significant problem in communities across Wisconsin,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Many Heroin users start by abusing prescription drugs. Removing unused and unwanted prescription drugs from our household medicine cabinets is critical, and thankfully, Wisconsin has been a national leader in the volume of drugs dropped off by conscientious residents.”
Last month, Attorney General Van Hollen introduced a statewide public awareness campaign to prevent Heroin use. The multimedia campaign, The Fly Effect, was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice to educate teens, young adults and others about Heroin. As part of the campaign, former users as well the parents of former users – some of whom have passed away from Heroin abuse – shared their personal stories to illustrate the devastating impact of Heroin on addicts and their families. One of the individuals featured, Mandy, transitioned from abusing Oxycontin as a teenager to abusing Heroin after her dealer suggested she try it. Mandy’s story is available here.
“Monitor the prescription drugs you keep at home, dispose of them properly to prevent diversion and misuse, and engage in this critical, statewide conversation to prevent Heroin abuse,” Van Hollen said.
Law enforcement, community groups, families and others are encouraged to view and to share the materials available online at www.theflyeffect.com. Downloadable materials (including posters, brochures, fact sheets and other resources) from The Fly Effect also are available at the DOJ’s website at http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/heroin-awareness/a-dangerous-epidemic.
During the last “Take-Back” Day in April of this year, Wisconsin residents dropped off nearly 23 tons (45,581.3 lbs) worth of unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs at nearly 180 collection sites statewide. Throughout Wisconsin in 2012, the DEA reported that a total of 60,205 pounds, or 30.1 tons, worth of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection sites 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.