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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Event to Be Held in Belleville

 

October 15, 2020



The community of Belleville, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will hold a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Belleville Police Department, 61 Frederick Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please enter on W. Pearl Street, where you will drive through the garage. You do not need to leave your vehicle, this is a contact free event.

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. This effort will continue to bring focus to the issue of prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin. Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications. Bring your pills for disposal. Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This October’s event is DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

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 United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator at https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main;jsessionid=qXm08jBY1Cqxls-VCqggSP7RsIm8ORjRIQoJRCYG.web2?execution=e1s1.

The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, or about the October 24th Take Back Day event, go to http://www.DEATakeBack.com.

 
 

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