AG launches drug take-back program

AG launches drug take-back program

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Department of Justice are partnering for drug take-back events across Wisconsin next week to collect unwanted prescription drugs.

When prescription drugs that are no longer needed are left around the house, they can fall into hands that may abuse them, officials say.

“We can help alleviate over four-fifths… of the problem with people starting using heroin if we can get control of the prescription medications, and we can stop over 70 percent of the people who start abusing prescription medications by simply controlling them in our own homes,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel.

The drug take-back event acts as a simple way to get rid of prescription pills by putting them in a drug disposal boxes located throughout the state. The event also aims to prevent flushing or pouring pills down the drain, since doing so could cause traces of pharmaceuticals in waterways.

The event is limited to prescription drugs pills. Prescription ointments, pain patches and creams are not accepted.