Waukesha County and its municipal partners will host seventeen collection sites on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 30, 2022. Residents are encouraged to bring unused and expired medications to the sites to help prevent misuse and to keep chemicals out of the water supply.
“The fastest-growing drug problem in the United States is prescription drug abuse, and it profoundly affects all communities in Wisconsin,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Too often, unused prescription medications find their way into the wrong hands or our waterways. We are working to prevent that.”
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department will host two prescription drug collection sites from 10 am to 2 pm on April 30. One location will be at Pewaukee City Hall (W240N3065 Pewaukee Road) and another will be at the Sussex Pick N Save (N 65 W24838 Main Street).
Residents can find a list of collection sites near them, what they can bring, and other information at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/opioids/drug-take-back-day.htm.
“Commonly, people who misuse pain relievers get them from family and friends, including their medicine cabinets,” said Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson. “This coordinated effort aims to remove potentially harmful drugs from ever being misused or abused.”
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Coordination in Waukesha County
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) coordinates the Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Wisconsin. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with DOJ, as well as the Cities of Delafield, Muskego, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Oconomowoc and Waukesha, Villages of Butler, Eagle, Hartland, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, Pewaukee, Sussex, North Prairie, Elm Grove, and Summit, and Towns of Brookfield and Oconomowoc to manage event day collection sites around Waukesha County.
Overdose Prevention in Waukesha County
Waukesha County utilizes a collective impact approach throughout multiple programs to fight the opioid crisis, including participation in National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Overdose (WI-PDO) Project, the Women’s Health and Recovery Project (WHARP), and its Drug Treatment Court.
More information about Waukesha County’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/overdoseprevention.