ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – More than 70 percent of Americans misusing painkillers got them from family or friends, according to the Office of the National Drug Control Policy.
To help lower that statistic, and to dispose of unused medication safely, the Onalaska Police Department participated in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday.
The department was one of four drop-off site in La Crosse County.
Police collected various prescription pills, even ointments, to make sure they don't end up being abused.
"They're getting the medication out of the house so they don't fall into the wrong hands – whether that be a young child that mistakenly takes them… or someone that's abusing them," said Sgt. Jasson Jobe.
Jobe said he expects to see about 600 people stop through the Onalaska drop-off site.
During the take-back day in April, people dropped off nearly 23 tons of drugs statewide.
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