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Prescription drug drop off day Saturday

SPARTA, Wis. (WXOW) - Thousands of prescription drugs will now be properly disposed of, thanks to Saturday's national Prescription Drug "Take Back" Day.

La Crosse and Monroe counties took part in the event. The Sparta Police Department was one place to drop off drugs, not only on Saturday, but any day.  They are a permanent drop-off site.

After the collection, a Drug Enforcement Agency officer will dispose of the drugs properly. Last year Sparta Police had a whole SUV full old, unused medication.

Sparta Police Chief Mike Kass said the drug drop off day helps get these drugs off the streets. Kass added, "If it's not prescribed to you, you shouldn't have it. We know that a lot of medication has a high resale value, a high addictive rate, so there's pill seekers out there that want it. So if you don't need it, we want it out of your house or medicine cabinet and to dispose of it properly."

Chief Kass said disposing of these drugs properly also keeps them out of our water systems and landfills.

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