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WI DOJ To Participate in National Take-Back Day Initiative


MADISONOn September 25, 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Justice will be part of a cooperative effort to safely dispose of expired, unused or otherwise unwanted prescription drugs. The program is a cooperative effort involving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and local law enforcement across the country.


Any medication, with the exception of liquids, intra-venous solutions and syringes, will be accepted. This includes controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medication. Illicit drugs of any kind will not be accepted, and anyone found in possession of or attempting to dispose of such material will be prosecuted. The program will be completely anonymous; there will be no requirement of identification in order to deposit medications.


“The unauthorized use of prescription drugs is not only illegal, it can be destructive” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “As I have traveled the state and met with local law enforcement, community leaders, and their state representatives, prescription drug abuse was a topic that arose frequently. I am thankful for the DEA partnering with us for this initiative in order to provide a much needed service for the people of Wisconsin.”


Local law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will be responsible for providing disposal locations. These locations can be found on the Drug Enforcement Administration website at