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Drug Take Back Day

More than two thirds of people who have abused prescription painkillers got them illegally from a friend or family member. That's an alarming statistic that could - in part - be avoided by properly disposing of unused or unwanted medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets. Local residents can do their part to help curb drug abuse in their community by participating in the biannual Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Items that will be accepted include both controlled and non-controlled prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications. Things that can not be accepted on Saturday include illegal drugs, needles or sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials, personal care products, household hazardous wastes, or mercury thermometers.

Agencies that are offering a collection point events on Saturday include the police departments in Richland Center, Hillsboro, Highland, Lafarge, Ontario, Viroqua, and Prairie du Chien. Other locations that will serve as collection sites this Saturday are the Genoa Fire Department, Sauk Prairie Hospital, Arena Fire Station, and Sauk County Sheriff's Department in Baraboo.

In addition to Saturday's Drug Take Back Day events, a number of places have permanent secure drop boxes for unwanted medications that are available anytime. Those drop boxes are located at the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Iowa County Sheriff's Department in Dodgeville, Sauk County Sheriff's Department, Juneau County Sheriff's Department in Mauston, Potosi Village Hall, and police departments in Muscoda, Highland, Boscobel, Spring Green, Reedsburg, Platteville, Tomah, Lancaster, Lake Delton, and Prairie du Chein.