Nearly 60,000 pounds collected in Wisconsin Drug Take Back Day

MADISON (WKBT) — Wisconsin residents collected nearly 60,000 pounds of unwanted medications on the April 30 Drug Take Back Day, according to Attorney General Josh Kaul.

Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications. 135 law enforcement agencies participated statewide. Wisconsin has more than 490 drug disposal boxes available year-round.

“Once again, folks from across Wisconsin stepped up to participate in Drug Take Back, and now 59,840 lbs. of unused and unwanted medications will be safely disposed of,” Kaul said. “Thank you to everyone who helped make our spring Drug Take Back such a success.”

Law enforcement agencies boxed, palletized, shrink wrapped and secured collected medications for transportation to Covanta Energy Corp. in Indianapolis, where the drugs will be incinerated.

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