ROSHOLT (WAOW) - The Portage County Sheriff's Department is making it easy for people to get rid of unwanted or outdated medications.
On Tuesday, it hosted a one-day mobile drug collection site at Faith Lutheran Church in Rosholt, Sheriff Mike Lukas said.
"In one hour, we had about 10 people come in with prescriptions," he said. "Each one of the pills is worth $10 to $100, depending on the type and potency. We will collect it and take it back to our evidence locker and on Saturday turn it in as part of a statewide program. In the spring we did this and collected 900 pounds of drugs."
Mobile collection sites are planned Thursday at Village Park Lodge in Junction City, Friday at Jensen Center in Amherst and Saturday at the Lincoln Center in Stevens Point and the Community Center in Almond-Bancroft., the sheriff said.
The effort is part of a statewide drug take-back initiative organized by the state Department of Justice.
The drugs will be loaded onto trucks and taken to an incinerator in Iowa.
The last statewide collection by Wisconsin law enforcement agencies took in a record 62,618 pounds of unwanted medications.