Police urging residents to dispose of prescription drugs on national drug take-back day

Saturday is national drug take-back day

County health officials want you to know there’s still time to get rid of your unused medications.

Saturday is a national drug take-back day with the Department of Justice collecting and disposing of any prescription medications left at drop boxes across the country.

There are some limits on what can be accepted.

Drop boxes are unable to take in needles or syringes, inhalers, prescription personal care products or illicit drugs.

Officials want to make sure the public knows these drop-off locations exist because many of the people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends.

“The prescription drug overdose deaths continue to increase, it certainly is a problem in our area. The opioid poisonings or drug-related hospitalizations continue to increase, and even so in our region,” says Health Educator from the La Crosse County Health Department Al Bliss.

While tomorrow is the national take-back day event the drop boxes are open all year round.

There are drop boxes at these police departments across La Crosse county during their normal lobby hours.

La Crosse County Drop Box Locations:
La Crosse County Sheriff’s Dept. Room 1500. M-F 8am-4:30 PM
La Crosse Police Dept. Lobby. M-F 8:30am-5pm
Onalaska Police Dept. Lobby. M-F 8am-5pm
West Salem Police Dept. Lobby. M-F 8am-4:30pm
Holmen Police Dept. Lobby. M-F 8am-4:30pm
Campbell Police Dept. Lobby. M-F 8am-4:30pm
Bangor Police Dept. Lobby. M-F 8am-4pm

The boxes are located in the following areas on Gundersen campuses during normal pharmacy business hours:
Gundersen La Crosse Clinic Pharmacy
Gundersen East Building Pharmacy
Gundersen Onalaska Clinic Pharmacy retail area