Prescription drug abuse is one of the nation’s fastest growing drug problems and addiction to prescription painkillers can often lead to the abuse of other illicit drugs such as heroin. However, it is often unclear what we should do with unused prescription drugs that are sitting in our medicine cabinets. Fortunately, a number of initiatives are seeking to make it easier to dispose of prescription drugs and limit the potential for abuse, including several local prescription drug recycling programs operated by county governments in our area.
As part of this effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, Wisconsinites are encouraged to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s upcoming National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day. On Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm, Wisconsinites will be able to anonymously drop off their unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs at one of the many drop-off locations throughout the state. To find a drop-off location near you, visit www.DEA.gov. Previous Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Days have been huge successes collecting over 25 tons of unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs ranking us third in the nation for total amount collected. Let’s work together to make this Fall’s Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day another success!