Local agencies collect unused or expired prescription drugs

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HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, along with other local agencies, are thinking of new ways to get opioids off the streets.

The agencies figured out that the main barrier to keeping people from getting to drug take-back locations is transportation.

“We felt as if our senior nutrition program would be a good opportunity for us to be able to do a pick-up program potentially for those who are home-bound. The individuals within our program are truly home-bound, and not able to get out of the house. We felt we would essentially come and pick up any unused or expired medications from these individuals,” said Carissa Pagel-Smith, Manager at A.D.R.C La Crosse.

Besides the sheriff’s department, the additional local agencies involved are The Alliance to H.E.A.L (Halting the Effects of Addiction Locally), and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of La Crosse County (A.D.R.C.).

The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department sent out letters to those in A.D.R.C.’s Nutrition Program. In the letter, it explained that an officer would be traveling with meal delivery drivers to collect medications if those meal recipients would like to get rid of theirs.

“We know that the elderly are frequently victims of thefts of prescription medications. We know that they don’t have the ability to dispose of medications like they properly should both for health risk and environmental reasons,” said La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf.

The prescription drug collection project is new and has received positive feedback from participants Mary Harold.

“I think its a great idea because people like myself just close the medicine door and don’t think about it, you know,” said Harold, a resident from Holmen.

National Drug Take-Back Day is April 27, where local businesses will host drug take-back bins and bags. Drug Take-Back Day is a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs.

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Lindsey Ford

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