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DOJ: Wisconsin ranks first nationally for Drug Take Back day

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MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin ranked number one in the county for the most drugs collected during the fall 2022 Drug Take Back Day, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

During this year's fall Drug Take Back Day, Wisconsin collected over 54,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

DOJ: Over 54K lbs. of drugs collect during Wisconsin Drug Take Back Day

Beyond protecting our state's beautiful rivers and lakes, Attorney General Josh Kaul said the day is important to reduce the risk of substance abuse.

“Safely disposing of unwanted medications ensures that prescription drugs won’t be diverted and lead to substance-use disorder,” Kaul said. “Thank you to everyone who helped Wisconsin again lead the nation in Drug Take Back.”

Since Wisconsin began participating in Drug Take Back Day's back in 2010, the state has collected a total of 1,093,445 pounds of drugs. It rates third nationally for most medication collected since inception, falling behind California and Texas by roughly 200,000 pounds each.

Though Drug Take Back Day only happens twice a year, many law enforcement agencies, hospitals and pharmacies have permanent drug disposal boxes available for public use

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