On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adams County Law Enforcement Agencies, the Drug Free Adams County Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs. Bring your pills, patches, liquids (in their original container), and creams for disposal to one of the following locations:

City of Adams Municipal Bldg
101 North Main Street
Adams, WI 53910

Town of Big Flats Town Hall
1104 CTH C
Arkdale, WI 54613

Town of Jackson Town Hall
398 STH 82
Oxford, WI 53952

Town of New Chester Town Hall
629 Mason St
Grand Marsh, WI 5936

Town of Rome Police Department
1156 Alpine Dr.
Nekoosa, WI 54457

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

Sheriff Wollin said, “The citizens of Adams County have taken advantage of this program each time that we have participated. This continues to be the safest method of disposing of unwanted prescription and over the counter medications.” Sheriff Wollin also reminds citizens that they do not have to wait for a Take Back event to dispose of medications as each Law Enforcement Agency in the County now has a drop box.

 

Contributed by Sam Wollin