Sparta, Wisconsin (WXOW) -------- It's an alarming statistic. 1 out of every 5 youth admits trying a prescription drug for a purpose other than its intended. Meanwhile 4 out of 5 adults are taking medication prescribed by their doctor but more than half of those people admit to not disposing of prescription meds when they no longer need them.
These small pills play a big role in addiction. Pour them in a bowl and you've got the ingredients for a new trend. Natalie Carlisle says it's called farming. "Farm parties are when they pour all the pills they've gotten from home into a bowl. They don't even know what's in there...but they all just grab a pill."
Carlisle worked with the Sparta Police Department to get a drop box at their station. The Chief said it was something the city needed. "Prescription drugs lead to more serious addictions and risky behavior. People have been known to walk up to someone's house and ask to use the bathroom with a child but it's really an attempt at getting to the medicine cabinet."
Since April over 600 pounds of prescription drugs have been collected in Monroe County. The drugs are then taken to Eau Claire where they are destroyed.\
The drop box is located inside the Sparta Police Department lobby at 121 E. Oak Street and is open from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They do not accept needles, inhalers or illegal drugs. Carlisle said her goal is to get a drop box in every school district in Monroe County.
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