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AG Van Hollen and DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp Remind Residents to Drop Off Their Unwanted Prescription Drugs This Weekend

 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 2 pm

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp remind Wisconsinites to participate in this weekend’s National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day, being held in communities across Wisconsin on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 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 Wisconsin Department of Justice website or the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s website.  

 

Last summer, the multimedia campaign, The Fly Effect, was launched by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to educate teens, young adults and others about opiates and Heroin.  As part of the campaign, the DOJ is airing throughout the month of April TV and radio spots to highlight the link between prescription drugs and Heroin, and to promote April’s Take-Back Day.  As part of the spots, one of the individuals featured in the Fly Effect campaign, Mandy, shares her story of transitioning from abusing Oxycontin as a teenager to abusing Heroin after her dealer suggested she try it.  You can view the TV spot here.  Law enforcement, community groups, families and others are encouraged to view and to share the Fly Effect materials available online at www.theflyeffect.com and www.doj.state.wi.us under the “Heroin” or “Rx Drug Take-Back Day” buttons.  You can read Attorney General Van Hollen’s most recent column on this issue here.