The Prescription Drug Take-back will be held at the Richland Center Police Department on Saturday, April 26th between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
On April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Richland Center Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Richland Center Police Department at 470 South Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last October, Americans turned in over 647,000 pounds of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.
The public may dispose of solid, non-liquid medications by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box at the police department. Controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed. Liquids will be accepted but must be in their original packaging. Please note that inhalers and needles/sharps will not be accepted.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.