DOJ takes back more than 550 pounds of prescription drugs

Department of Justice collects, disposes of excess drugs for La Crosse County

La Crosse County’s latest prescription drug take-back day is another success.

553.5 pounds of drugs were collected from 11 drop boxes across the county last week. The Department of Justice collected the drugs and covered the cost of the disposal for the county.

It normally costs the county $3-$5 per pound to dispose of the drugs, but with the DOJ picking up the bill this time, they saved about $2700.

La Crosse County health educator Al Bliss says he hopes people keep using the drop boxes throughout the year.

“I think the drop boxes have been effective. I think that they’ve been very successful and that people are more aware of them, it’s just getting people used to dropping them off during the week,” said Bliss.

Drop-off boxes are available at seven law enforcement departments across the county during their normal lobby hours:

La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, Room 1500
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

La Crosse Police Department Lobby
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Onalaska Police Department Lobby
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

West Salem Police Department Lobby
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Holmen Police Department Lobby
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Campbell Police Department Lobby
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bangor Police Department Lobby
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.