Organizers thought they'd see a lull in medications collected since last April's Drug "Take Back" Day sponsored by the DEA, but so far expectations are high.
More than 150 agencies in the state took part in Saturdays Drug "Take Back" Day, trying to continue Wisconsin's goal of being one of the largest contributors of unwanted medications in the country.
Agencies across Central and Northern Wisconsin collect the medications until its time to drop them off to be disposed of by the DEA. That part of the event took place at the Wisconsin State Patrol's Wausau Post in Rib Mountain today.
After that, all the medications are driven to Milwaukee, and from there taken to an EPA approved burning site in Indianapolis called Covanta.
Melissa Dotter, Drug Free Communities Program Director says although Drug "Take Back" is an annual event that happens twice a year, its positive effects are felt in our community.
"It protects the enviornment, keeps medication out of our ground water. It also gets those medications out of the hands of people who sell or steal it, and finally it improves public health as a whole."
Most Law Enforcement agencies within counties like Marathon or Portage have Drug "Take Back" locations open year round.
To find one near you, visit www.DEA.gov.
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