Nearly 230 local law enforcement agencies will be participating in Drug Take Back Day across the state on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Department of Justice is encouraging people to dispose of unwanted and unused medications at Drug Take Back and drug disposal locations.

“The opioid epidemic continues to impact families across Wisconsin. One step Wisconsinites can take to help fight diversion and addiction is to properly dispose of unused medications at drug drop boxes around the state,” said Attorney General Kaul in a press release.

Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.

To find a Drug Take Back Location near you, go to: www.doseofrealitywi.gov/find-a-take-back-location/. There is a take back location at the Madison Police Department East District, a location at the Deerfield Police Department and various other locations throughout Dane County, according to Dose of Reality. The Village of McFarland also recently installed a new medicine drop box in the Village Hall.

According to the DOJ, unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them, and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes.

GUIDELINES:

All waste pharmaceuticals must be generated by a household – no businesses are allowed.

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), mercury thermometers.

Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.

Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

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