By Cynthia Germain
Door and Kewaunee County residents do not have to wait for one day a year to dispose their prescription drugs. Although October 28th was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an annual effort of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, local citizens can take their unneeded prescriptions drugs to the county sheriff’s offices at any time. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was aimed to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. Door County Sheriff Delarwelle notes that they can receive bagged prescription pills conveniently throughout the year.
Sheriff Matt Joski of Kewaunee County also encourages residents to bring prescription drugs, although no liquids or syringes, for disposal to their office at any time. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, and the study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Proper disposal prevents drug addiction and overdose deaths.