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Drug take-back day on Saturday

The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for this Saturday, April 26, from 10-2 p.m. at collection sites across the state.

The service is free and you can turn in your expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The program is part of a nationwide event put on by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

To find where to drop-off prescription drugs in your area, click here, and search your zip code.

The event happens twice a year and last fall, DEA officials say Wisconsin residents dropped off 19.25 tons (38,506 pounds) of unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs. They say our state ranked 4th in the nation for the total amount collected, trailing only California, Texas and New York.

“We know prescription drugs serve as a gateway to abuse of Heroin, which has become a cheaper and easier to get alternative for those addicted to opiates,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “These Take-Back Days serve as a way for all of us to do our part in preventing prescription drug abuse and diversion. Painkillers left unmonitored in household medicine cabinets can be targets for theft and abuse. You can help local law enforcement and potentially save lives by dropping off your unused drugs and spreading the word ahead of April 26.”

All law enforcement locations provide bins for collection. Other locations may be available in your area as well.

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