On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give residents the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially risky expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
The day is created to encourage safe, convenient, and responsible ways for consumers to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.
Drug Take-Back Day is an initiative that started seven years ago in an effort to reduce the rates of prescription drug abuse as well as the number of accidental poisonings from these drugs.
"Most people don't realize this, but there are more people that have issues with pharmaceuticals and overdoses than there are of cocaine, heroine and ecstasy combined", Sullivan said.
According to a recent national survey, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.
Residents are being urged to clean out their medicine cabinets. Juneau Police Department, 8 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday through Friday; Lomira Police Department, 8 a.m. -7 p.m., Monday-Friday; Mayville Police Department, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Monday Friday; Watertown Police Department, 24 hours a day and seven days a week; and Waupun Police Department 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from a home medicine cabinet.
"We want to get these (unused prescription drugs) out of the house", said Joe Spencer, exalted leader of the Carlisle Elks Lodge 578. "Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs".
You can drop off any prescriptions, no questions asked.