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Disposing prescription drugs top priority for Heroin Task Force

Drug drop off event Saturday at Household Hazardous Waste site

Disposing of Prescription Drugs

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse's Heroin Task Force says one of their top priorities properly disposing of prescription drugs. 

The group of law enforcement and community leaders met again on Thursday. 

They wanted to put drop boxes at pharmacies throughout the area for people to safely get rid of their unwanted prescription pills. But that currently goes against state regulations and pharmacies aren't allowed to take back any drugs after they've gone out the door. 

"You don't know what's been done to it, how it's been stored," said Lisa Meyer, pharmacist at Gundersen health System. "So it actually is a protective mechanism for the pharmacy that they're not taking things back that could then be circulated back in and given to different patients." 

The co-chair of the task force, Mike Desmond expects new state regulations to come out in March. After that he says they'll find a solution. 

"We will find a solution because we have to find a solution, it is a huge problem in this community as it is in other communities, so to say to do nothing is not an option," Desmond said.  

La Crosse County does have a drug drop off event this Saturday. It's at the Household Hazardous Waste Site from 9 a.m. until Noon. They are collecting all medications, including controlled substances.

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