WISCONSIN — The Badger State ranked number one in the country once again for the fall 2023 Drug Take Back Day, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
In total, Wisconsin collected 53,122 pounds of unwanted medications on Oct. 28. It’s the fifth time the state has collected the most medications on a national Drug Take Back Day, which have collections in both the spring and the fall.
“Because of collaboration among many partners around the state and the commitment of Wisconsinites to helping to keep their communities safe, we continue to lead the nation in drug take back,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul in a press release. “Thank you to everyone who participated this fall in Drug Take Back Day.”
Since Drug Take Back began in 2010, Wisconsin has collected over 1 million pounds of unwanted medications — an accomplishment that puts Wisconsin at third in the nation for most medications collected since inception.
Nationwide, over 17 million pounds of unwanted medications have been collected during these events since they began.
In Wisconsin, the DOJ partners with the Department of Health Services to promote the event. The day provides people with a safe way to get ride of their unwanted or unused drugs. It also aims to educate people on the consequences of improper storage and potential abuse.
Unwanted medications can also be collected year round. Wisconsin has over 490 permanent drug disposal boxes at law enforcement agencies, hospitals, pharmacies and health clinics.
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