Saturday is ‘Drug Take Back Day’

MELINDA. MELINDA: IT IS HERE AND HERE TO STAY, CHRIS. THAN YOU VERY MUCH. TIME NOW IS 8:46. TODAY IS NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BAC DAY. IT PROVIDES EVERYONE WITH A SAFE WAY TO DISPOSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. HERE IS CATHY WITH THE D.E.A. AND DANIEL FROM THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE ON AN IMPORTANT DAY. SO LET ME ASK YOU, YOU’RE JUST TUNING IN AND PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS IS. HOW DOES THE DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM ACTUALLY WORK? >> BASICALLY I’M GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO DO. WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO GO INTO THEIR MEDICINE CABINET AND PULL THEIR UNUSED AND EXPIRED MEDICATION AND FIND A TAKE BACK POINT TO TAKE THE DRUGS TO SO THEY DO NOT END UP ON THE STREET. >> WHY IS THE PROPER DISPOSAL SO IMPORTANT NOWADAYSES? >> WELL, IT’S, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR TWO REASONS. OBVIOUSLY, ONCE A PAWN A TIME, WE TOLD PEOPLE TO FLUSH THE MEDICATIONS. WE DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REASONS. OUR WATER SITES ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO FILTER THOSE OUT. SO THEY END UP IN THE WATER. ALSO, AS CATHY SAID FOR DIVERSION PURPOSES, WE DON’T WANT TO SEE THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS PRESCRIBED FOR ONE PERSON ENDED UP IN THE HANDS OF ANOTHER PERSON. >> GOOD POINT. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS. WE ARE HEARING THIS INFORMATION COME OUT, AND SENIOR CITIZENS NEED TO HEAR THIS. >> ABSOLUTELY. WE’RE REALLY WORKING AT THIS POINT TO EDUCATE SENIORS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF DISPOSI OF THEIR UNUSED AND UNWANTED MEDICATIONS FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. LAST YEAR, 4,000 OVER THE A OF 55 IN WISCONSIN HOSPITALIZED FOR ACCIDENTAL OPIOID POISONING AND OTHER ISSUES. MANY, I BELIEVE THE NUMBER WAS OVER A THOUSAND, OF SENIORS WHO WERE TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM BY AMBULANCE FOR, FOR UNINTENDED OPIOID USE. AND IT ALSO CAREGIVERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS. WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF DIVERSION, WHETHER IT IS THROUGH THEFT OR PERMISSION IS GIVEN, WE SEE A LOT OF THAT HAPPEN, SENIORS HAVE A LOT OF ACCESS TO MEDICATIONS AND SOMETIMES THEY GET INTO THE HANDS OF FAMILY MEMBERS STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION. >> WOW. SO VERY IMPORTANT TO DROP OFF THE MEDICATIONS TODAY IF YOU HAVE THEM IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINETS. THANK YOU, GUYS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE. YOU CAN FIND LOCAL DROP OFF LOCATIONS SCROLLING AT THE

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