Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with Spectrum Health

Celebrate National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with Spectrum Health

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.

The Drug Enforcement Agency says if you don't properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate its last one-time medication drop-off later this month. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

The focus of the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is to remove potentially risky pharmaceutical substances from medicine cabinets throughout the state and prevent them from going into the water supply.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

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The service is free and open to the public. There are several police departments and hospitals taking part.

Do Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

On Feb. 26, the St. Charles Police Department announced that it was hosting a year-round prescription drug drop-off at its station for individuals who want to drop off certain prescription drugs.

Medication can be disposed of by removing it from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box at the site. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable. Everyone - law enforcement, elected officials, school officials, and the media - is talking about the epidemic that is stealing futures and lives.

OFFICER HALL: "That's correct, the only thing we ask is that you don't bring any liquids or any sharps or needles".

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