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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp Encourage Wisconsinites to Participate in the U.S. DEA's Upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The DEA’s next National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is scheduled

for this Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp have partnered to encourage Wisconsinites to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription drugs during the upcoming National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, being held in communities across Wisconsin this Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pmThe “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:   


“Everyone who uses medications can help keep Wisconsin's environment healthy.  Taking unused medications to a collection program ensures that pharmaceutical waste is managed properly through approved disposal methods instead of ending up in our waterways and harming our natural resources,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said.


“I encourage everyone to monitor the prescription drugs they keep at home and to dispose of them properly to prevent misuse,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “We know Heroin is a serious, statewide problem and sadly, all too often Heroin abuse begins with abuse of prescription drugs that were diverted.” 


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.  One of the individuals featured in the campaign, Mandy, shared her story of transitioning from abusing Oxycontin as a teenager to abusing Heroin after her dealer suggested she try it.  Mandy’s story is available here.


Law enforcement, community groups, families and others are encouraged to view and to share the materials available online at www.theflyeffect.comDownloadable materials (including posters, brochures, fact sheets and other resources) from The Fly Effect also are available at the DOJ’s website at


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.