Contributed by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office

Friendship, WI On October 26, Adams County Law Enforcement joined agencies across the U.S. to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and found the event a great success. In addition to the permanent prescription drug drop locations, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Rome Police Department hosted two locations for the event to receive the unwanted medications from citizens.

As a result of the Take-Back event and permanent drop locations, 118.5 pounds of medications were collected. This clearly demonstrates the public’s continued appreciation and need for the opportunity to discard unwanted, unused and expired medications from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. 

For those citizens who missed the event or have additional medication to dispose of, you do not have to wait for the next event. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Rome Police Department, City of Adams Police Department, and the Wisconsin Dells Police Department have permanent medication drop off locations at their agencies. Citizens can drop off unwanted prescription and over the counter medications as well as liquids, creams and ointments that are in their original container. They are not able to accept syringes or inhalers.