Residents urged to take part in National Drug Take-Back Day

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Saturday is Drug Take Back Day across the nation, including across Wisconsin.

Nationally, Drug Take-Back Day takes place once a year in April.

This service is completely anonymous, and prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked. "The majority of these accidental poisonings generally come from the medicine cabinets in our homes - the drugs we no longer need or have even forgotten are there".

"Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse", he said.

Volunteers will accept prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, pet medications, and vitamins and supplements.

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According to a recent national survey, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.

"We are not trying to make a drug case against somebody that is trying to do the right thing and get rid of these unused prescription drugs", says Byerley.

They add, however, there are restrictions on what can be disposed of. In addition to the WC location, local residents can drop off unwanted medications from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at the Weatherford High School Ninth Grade Center front parking lot. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the USA are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs".

"Eighty percent of new users of heroin started with a prescription medication, and most first-time abusers of painkillers obtained them from a friend or relative", Collins outlined.

The DEA can only accept pills and patches, and will not accept liquids, needles or sharps.

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