Wisconsin collected the most drugs in the country during fall Take Back Day, DOJ says

Wisconsin Collected The Most Drugs In The Country During Fall Take Back Day, Doj Says

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice says more drugs were collected in Wisconsin than in any other state during the most recent Drug Take Back Day.

About 54,040 pounds of unwanted medications were collected across Wisconsin during the 2022 fall Take Back Day, according to a release.

Since the nationwide initiative began in 2010, the state DOJ says Wisconsin ranks third in the country in most drugs collected with a total of about 1,093,445 pounds of unused medications, behind only California and Texas — two significantly larger states.

Officials say getting rid of unused drugs is key when it comes to preventing addiction and misuse.

“Safely disposing of unwanted medications ensures that prescription drugs won’t be diverted and lead to substance-use disorder,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement.

The Drug Take Back days are organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with events held in the spring and fall every year. However, old or unused medications can be safely disposed of year-round at more than 490 permanent drug drop boxes across Wisconsin.

You can find a drug disposal drop box near you by using the interactive map on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. You can also find all of the locations across the state here.