LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) National prescription drug Take Back Day is Saturday, September 29th. It's an initiative designed to take back unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says "two thirds of prescription drugs that are abused come out of medicine cabinets." During a recent visit to La Crosse, the attorney general said "we're trying to convince people that if they're not using their prescription drugs that they need to turn them into law enforcement and then we'll keep them off the streets and better protect our children."
Van Hollen says turning in those unused or unwanted prescription drugs to law enforcement is what Take Back Day is all about. The last Take Back Day was in April. According to a release from the attorney general, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported a record 37,642 pounds worth of prescription drugs dropped off throughout Wisconsin at law enforcement sites. According to Van Hollen's release, that made Wisconsin "the third largest contributor of unwanted medications in the country."
You can drop off your prescription medications from 10 until 2, Saturday, September 29th at the police departments in Sparta and Tomah. The sheriff's departments in Monroe, Trempealeau and Jackson Counties are also participating.
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