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Prescription drugs

The Racine County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a prescription drug drop off Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Sheriff substation, 14116 Washington Avenue.

Last year, Wisconsin was 4th in the nation in collecting old medicine: over 38,000 pounds – or over 19 tons -was dropped off by residents across the state.

Only unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs are allowed.

Here is the full release from RCSD:

On April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Racine County Sheriff Patrol Station, 14116 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant WI 53177 (¼ mile west of I94 on Highway 20 in Racine County). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October 26, 2013, the NTBI VII event in Wisconsin included 146 law enforcement partners around the entire State and resulted in a total collection and the destruction of 38,506 lbs (19.25 tons) of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications. Wisconsin ranked 4th in the nation in the total amount collected, trailing only the much larger states of California, Texas, and New York. DEA initiated these events in September 2010 with the goal of successfully collaborating with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies for the purpose of removing potentially dangerous unused, expired, or unwanted legal pharmaceutical controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.

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 U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.