LA CROSSE (AP) – Heroin task force members in Wisconsin have run into roadblocks with a plan to dispose of prescription drugs in drop boxes.
The La Crosse County Heroin Task Force had hoped to install permanent drop boxes in secure locations for people to dump old drugs, saying prescription drug abuse is tied to heroin use.
But co-chairman Mike Desmond told the La Crosse Tribune that current laws present obstacles to setting up drop boxes, as do new rules the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency could roll out next month.
“We’d like to give you all sorts of great news on how easy it is to just put them in and, you know, pick up the drugs and that’s the end of it,” Desmond said at a task force meeting. “We’ve found out that it’s much more complicated than that.”
Prescription drugs can’t just be tossed in the trash because they could be found and used, task force members said.
One way to destroy them is to put the drugs in a laundry detergent container and add bleach, pharmacist Loren Carrell said. The whole container could then be thrown away.
“At least then there’s no pharmaceutical integrity left,” Carrell said.