Attorney General Brad Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have a partnership with Hometown Pharmacy to offer free drug disposal kits. Part of Schimel’s Dose of Reality campaign to combat the opioid epidemic, the kits offer rural communities an opportunity to destroy unused medications. Wisconsin has been a leader in its effort to curb addiction, ranking among the top states in drug take-back totals.
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Hometown Pharmacy and the Wisconsin attorney general are teaming up to take unused prescription painkillers out of local medicine cabinets.
Pharmacist Tucker Stewart works at Hometown Pharmacy’s DeForest location and said the state’s attorney general, along with law enforcement officials and other dignitaries, visited the store last week to deliver and unveil the state’s latest efforts to eradicate unused painkiller prescriptions.
Stewart said that abuse of prescription medication can lead to harder, more dangerous drugs – including heroin, a street opioid, which renders a similar psychological effect to its prescribed counterpart.
Attorney General Brad Schimel said the joint effort with Hometown Pharmacy will be of particular benefit to rural communities that don’t have access to other disposal methods like a medication drop-off box.
The pouches are available throughout all of Hometown Pharmacy’s 62 Wisconsin stores.
Wisconsin ranks among the top three states in prescription disposal. According to the WDOJ, the Drug Take Back Day in April collected more than 63,440 pounds of unused medication throughout the state.
That total is more than the totals of Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa combined.
Since 2015, the WDOJ has collected and disposed of more than 400,000 pounds of unused medications. Only Texas and California have collected more tonnage. There are 400 permanent drug disposal boxes in hospitals, law enforcement agencies and hospitals around Wisconsin.
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