On Oct. 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Three Lakes Police Department, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Minocqua Police Department and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring medications for disposal between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the Rhinelander Police Department, the Three Lakes Town Hall or the Nokomis Fire Department. In Minocqua, the collection will be at the Marshfield Clinic Pharmacy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inhalers and syringes cannot be accepted.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This is the seventh National Take Back Initiative. In April 2013, there were 5,829 collection sites across the United States including sites hosted by the Rhinelander Police Department, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, the Three Lakes Police Department and the Minocqua Police Department.
During this initiative, 371 tons (742,497 lbs.) of unwanted or expired medications were collected for safe disposal. In Wisconsin during the April 2013 collection, Wisconsin residents turned in 23 tons (45,614 pounds) of prescription medication at 178 locations statewide.
When the results of the six Take-Back Days to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of medication from circulation.