Law enforcement agencies in Oneida County taking back unwanted prescription drugs
Oneida county residents will have an opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. Three Lakes Police Department, the Rhinelander Police Department, the Minocqua Police Department and the
Oneida County Sheriff’s Office are working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) to collect medications Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Law enforcement officials say these “take back” programs prevent pill abuse and theft. Bring unwanted medications for disposal to the Rhinelander Police Department, Three Lakes Town Hall or the Oneida County Landfill. In Minocqua, collection is at the Marshfield Clinic Pharmacy from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Inhalers and syringes cannot be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.
This is the ninth National Take Back Initiative (NTBI). During the NTBI held last spring, a total of 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of prescription medications were collected nationally at more than 6,000 locations that were available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
Wisconsin residents turned in more than 50,000 pounds (25.3 tons ) of expired, unused or
unwanted prescription medications at 200 collection locations statewide s during the April 2014 collection. Over 173 Wisconsin law enforcement organizations participated in this effort. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
Contact Officer Matt Tate (Minocqua Police Department), Lieutenant Hook (Oneida County Sheriff’s Office), Captain Lueneburg (Rhinelander Police Department) or Chief Lea (Three Lakes Police Department) with questions.