Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center and the Minocqua Police Department have come together to make it easy for people to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
A drug take-back event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27 at the Minocqua Center, 9601 Townline Road. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and addresses a vital public health and safety issue.
Anyone wishing to safely dispose of accumulated medication can come in the Clinic's main entrance. Minocqua Police Department and Clinic staff will have a booth where they will dispose of the drugs.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may be brought in for disposal. Liquids in their original containers will be accepted. Drums and containers of liquids without the original packaging, needles, sharps and syringes will NOT be accepted.
The program is anonymous and no questions will be asked. Staff will not ask for identification. Remove all labels from medicine bottles to ensure anonymity.
Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets.
According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 7 million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. About 2,500 teens each day use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
For more information, call the Minocqua Police Department, 715-356-3234.
The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education in more than 50 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.