Attorney General Josh Kaul encouraged Wisconsinites to dispose of unwanted and unused medications at more than 135 events across the state Saturday as part of National Medication Take-Back Day.
Many controlled substances, including medical narcotics, are regularly prescribed to the public. If left in homes, these unused or expired medicines are at risk of being accidentally ingested, stolen, misused or abused.
Medication Take Back Day provided a convenient opportunity for the public to dispose of medication safely while educating the community on the importance of proper storage and disposal to prevent drug abuse.
“Wisconsins who participate in Drug Take Back Day are helping to fight the opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement. statement Last week. “By bringing your unused or unwanted medications to a Medication Drop-off Day collection site, you can ensure that these medications are disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.”
The event accepted over-the-counter prescription drugs and e-cigarette devices, but did not take illicit substances or dangerous items such as needles, sprays or poisons. Collected drugs will be shipped to a secure facility and incinerated.
Medicines cannot be dumped or flushed down the drain as water collection facilities are not designed to handle them. Prescription drug contamination is not a major problem in Wisconsin drinking water sources, but traces of pharmaceuticals have been found in lakes and rivers around the world.
Still, State Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) warned Wisconsinites against flushing their unused or expired medications in a statement Last week.
“To flush or pour medicine down the drain is not safe for our water supply,” Agard said. “Water contamination is a serious issue, and it is our responsibility to ensure that hazardous chemicals do not enter our groundwater, water sources or harm our environment.”
Drug take-back efforts in Wisconsin have been particularly successful over the past two years. The state’s last drug recovery day in October 2021 recovered a total of 57,377 pounds of unwanted drugs, making it the nation’s largest drug recovery event for the second year in a row.
“By safely disposing of tens of thousands of pounds of unused and unwanted drugs, the people of Wisconsin have ensured that these drugs will not be diverted for misuse,” Kaul said after last year’s event. .
The next Medication Take-back Day is scheduled for October 2022. In the meantime, prescription medications can be dropped off at permanent medicine drop boxes located around the state in law enforcement, hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics.
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