Local law enforcement agencies to accept unused, unwanted medications for Drug Take Back Day

MADISON, Wis. — Nearly 300 local law enforcement agencies plan to participate in Drug Take Back Day on Saturday in an effort to give Wisconsinites a “safe, convenient and responsible” way to get rid of any unused prescription drugs.

“Last year, Wisconsin’s Drug Take Back led the nation, and Wisconsinites can help our state remain a national leader in this important effort to fight prescription painkiller abuse,” Attorney General Josh Kaul said. “By bringing your unused and unwanted medications to a drug disposal box, you can help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs.”

According to a news release, individuals should never flush or pour unused or expired medications down the drain because water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove trace amounts of drugs. Those drugs can then end up in rivers and lakes.

Authorities will accept prescription and over-the-counter medications during Drug Take Back Day, but illegal drugs will not be accepted. Personal care products like shampoo, soap, lotions and sunscreens, in addition to hazardous household waste like paint pesticides and mercury thermometers will not be accepted.

A list of Drug Take Back Day locations is available online.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s drug takeback initiative is supported by the DEA, Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana State Police, Waukesha County, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, Fuchs Trucking, Covanta Energy, and all participating local law enforcement agencies.