BROWN COUNTY – Unused, unwanted and now away from the hands of people who might abuse them.
The Drug Enforcement Administration partnered with local law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“I have old drugs of mine and some of my family. I’m a retired nurse and I’ve always been afraid of where meds end up,” said Mae McCarthy.
Those medications can pose a threat.
“Some people are a target if they have prescriptions that can be abused laying around their house, they might get stolen or abused by people,” said Deputy Rick Loppno with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Thanks to a free and anonymous drug take-back day, some of those pills were brought to the Allouez Village Hall Saturday.
It’s one of 10 drop-off sites offered in Brown County.
“To actually have a facility where you can drop off your old prescriptions is really nice,” said William Walton.
Since 2010 the DEA has collected over 3.4 million pounds of pills. The last collection brought in more than 647,000 pounds of prescription drugs nationwide.
In Brown County, officials collected more than 1,500 pounds of unwanted medication.
Officials say there are other good reasons to get rid of pills.
“If they get taken mistakenly and they’re expired, out of date, or the wrong medication, that can cause severe problems,” said Deputy Greg Gleason with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
Gleason says the event is important to the community.
“We continually have people ask about it throughout the year,” Gleason said.
Drug take back day is also better for the environment by keeping the pills out of landfills and waterways.
All of the prescription medication collected will be sent to an out of state facility and incinerated.