ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - If you have drugs in your home that are expired, or you no longer use, don't just toss them in the trash.
A prescription drug drop off is set for Saturday, April 27.
Disposing of drugs properly prevents them from falling into the wrong hands or winding up in groundwater, said Leah Myers of the Onalaska Police Department.
Since the first drop off in 2010, Onalaska Police said the La Crosse County Prevention Network collected more than 3,500 pounds of medication.
"There is a growing epidemic with the medication and prescription drug abuse right now; especially in our community," Myers said. "It's been shown (that) over 70 percent of the medication that get into the wrong hands of people age 12 and up are coming from people they know: family members, friends, people in their own home."
Saturday's prescription drug drop off will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Medication can be taken to the Onalaska Police Department, Viterbo University Fine Arts parking lot, the La Crosse County HHM, and CESA #4 in West Salem.
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