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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Partner to Promote the Upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

 

The DEA’s next National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is scheduled for April 27, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and James F. Bohn, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Milwaukee District Office, joined forces today to encourage Wisconsinites to participate in the upcoming National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, being held in communities across Wisconsin on April 27, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm. 

 

The “Take-Back” service is free and anonymous.  Individuals with unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs may drop them off at collection sites statewide.  Using your zip code, you can find a drop-off location near you by visiting the DEA website:  www.DEA.gov.   

 

“Wisconsin residents have made these collection efforts a huge success, at times leading the country in the volume of unwanted prescription medications being dropped off for safe disposal.  I encourage everyone to keep up their participation.  We know unused medications can be diverted for misuse and abuse and lead to devastating addictions, including addiction to Heroin, which we already know is a problem in many Wisconsin communities,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.

 

“We are behind this initiative 100%,” DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said.  “Unused and unwanted prescription drugs threaten our state’s natural resources and public health.  We want Wisconsin to continue being a national leader in the safe return of these medications, and we’re very proud to annually support the ‘Take-Back’ program sponsored by DEA and DOJ.”

 

“There continues to be a nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country.  Misuse of prescription drugs can often lead to addiction and/or the illegal use of illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine,” DEA ASAC James F. Bohn said.  “The National Prescription Drug ‘Take-Back’ Day campaign, which is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has become an important resource in helping communities keep prescription drugs out of the hands of those who may misuse them, as well as helping to raise the public’s awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

 

Last September, during the DEA’s fifth national “Take-Back” effort, local law enforcement agencies collected 488,395 pounds -- or 244 tons -- of prescription medications from more than 5,200 locations nationwide.  In Wisconsin last year, the DEA reported that a total of 60,205 pounds, or 30.1 tons, worth of prescription drugs were dropped off at collection sites statewide during the two “Take-Back” days in April and October 2012, making Wisconsin the fourth and fifth largest contributor of unwanted medications in the country.  In addition to the many local law enforcement agencies that participate as drop-off sites for residents, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin National Guard and special agents with the Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assist with annual “Take-Back” efforts.