Wisconsin collected 89,982 pounds of disposed prescription medications, the largest nationwide, on Drug Take Back Day held Oct. 24, according to Attorney General Josh Kaul.
The drugs were collected in 485 permanent drug disposal boxes, and 230 law enforcement collected drugs during Drug Take Back events. The collected drugs were sent to Covanta Energy Corp. in Indianapolis for incineration.
“Thank you to the many Wisconsinites who safely disposed of unused and unwanted medications, making Wisconsin’s Drug Take Back the most successful in the nation,” Kaul said. “Your efforts help with the fight against substance-use disorder by ensuring that those unused medications won’t be diverted.”
Trace amounts of pharmaceuticals have been detected in rivers and lakes, and experts warn the public to never dispose of unused or expired medicine by flushing it down the drain or toilet.
Nationwide, Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Wisconsin’s Drug Take Back Day was possible with the support of numerous organization, including local law enforcement agencies, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, Waukesha County, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, and the Indiana State Police.