On October 26th, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office, Elroy Police Department, and SAFE in Juneau County will be joining other agencies across the great state of Wisconsin to participate in the National Drug Take Back event sponsored by the Dose of Reality Campaign. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. This initiative is a great opportunity for individuals to bring unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions to be disposed of safely and in an environmentally friendly manner.

In 2018, a total of 89.44 pounds of medications were collected during 6 drug take back events locally here in Juneau County. In April of 2019 alone, a total of 78.4 pounds of medications were collected during 3 take back events in Juneau County. If you are interested in stopping by a drug take back event on October 26th, here’s where you can go:

Juneau County Sheriff’s Office; 200 Oak Street, Mauston: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Elroy Police Department, 1717 Omaha St, Elroy: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Remember to keep your medications properly stored in your home to avoid accidental ingestion or misuse.  All medications should be kept out of sight and out of reach of children. Medications should ideally be stored in a locked box, locked cabinet, or locked safe. Avoid keeping medications in a purse, bag, car, or countertop where they can easily be accessed. If you are in need of a FREE prescription drug lock box, contact Kelsey with the SAFE Coalition at 608-847-9276 or kskala@co.juneau.wi.us.

SAFE in Juneau County’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and adults by mobilizing communities to prevent and treat alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drug abuse in Juneau County.