National Drug Take Back Day helps people dispose drugs safely

The day allows people to safely dispose of medications and other pharmaceutical items like syringes.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Health Officials today come together to help people safely dispose of old medications. Saturday marks National Drug Take Back Day.

La Crosse’s Fire Department and County Health Department recognize this day locally each year. Drug Take Back Day allows people to safely dispose of medications and other pharmaceutical items like syringes. Leaders say flushing unused medications down the toilet is a risk, and an even bigger risk if they are used inappropriately.

“There’s the risk that they could get into the hands of children or other people that might be curious about them, might misuse them, and it’s a medication that they shouldn’t be taking. So, it’s really just an overall health and safety thing for the community,” said Pat Corran, the Community Educator with the La Crosse Fire Department.

There needle and drug drop-off areas around the city that can be used year-round.