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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 28

17 April 2018

"This is an opportunity for the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially unsafe expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs", said Chief Deputy Will Sandstrom.

Drug Take Back Day is vital as many Americans are not aware that medicines left in one's home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and community partners will give the public another opportunity to remove potentially risky pharmaceutical controlled substances from our nation's medicine cabinets.

In support of the DEA's National Take Back Day, News On 6 will help you properly dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs.

People can drop off unwanted medications from 10 2 p.m. April 28 at the Grand Portage Clinic, 62 Upper Road, and the Cook County Law Enforcement Center, 143 Gunflint Trail. (The DEA can not accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose additional potential safety, health and environmental hazards.

Image courtesy of the Flower Mound Police Department. There are several police departments and hospitals taking part.

Controlled and noncontrolled prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, inhalers, patches, nonaerosol sprays, cream, vials and pet medication will be accepted. Blister packs are acceptable without medication being removed.

Spring is the flawless time to clean out your cabinets and dispose of your medications in all forms including pills, liquids, creams and inhalers. No needles/sharps, illegal drugs, mercury thermometers, aerosol cans, personal care products (shampoo, lotions, soaps) or household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas) will be accepted.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 28