Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for This Saturday – October 28th

Posted on 10-26-2023

On October 28th, 2023, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.

How to Participate

To participate in Drug Take Back Day, just stop by a collection site and drop your items into a bin. That’s it. No questions are asked. You can be in and out of a collection site in minutes.

To find a Permanent Drug Drop Box near you, Please Click HERE.

What to Bring

Prescription and over-the-counter medications, including: Capsules, Creams, Inhalers, Non-aerosol sprays, Ointments, Patches, Pills, and Vials.

Liquids, creams, and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications. Pet medications are accepted.  Vape pens are accepted with the batteries removed. Other e-cigarette devices are accepted with the batteries removed. These batteries are highly flammable, so please be sure that the batteries are removed before the pen or device is placed in a collection bin.

Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed.

What Not to Bring

The following items will not be accepted: Aerosol cans, Anything containing blood or a bodily fluid, Household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), Illegal drugs, Medications Containing Iodine, Mercury thermometers, Personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.), Sharps/syringes (check with your pharmacy regarding proper disposal), Vape pens/e-cigarette devices with a built-in battery that cannot be removed, Liquids-Creams-and Sprays that are NOT in their original packaging.

Information for this article was gathered from the website of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and from the website of the Village of Allouez.