MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County sheriff's office on Saturday, April 28, will attend the national drug recall day in collaboration with the DOJ and DEA of Wisconsin
The Drug Removal Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible remedy Disposal and education of the population about the possible misuse and the consequences of improper storage and disposal of these drugs.
"Last year, drugs including opioids killed 420 people in Milwaukee County," said acting sheriff Richard Schmidt in a press release. "We need to work together to eliminate the scourge of misuse of opiates in our community, and the numbers are shocking and will only increase if we do not take steps to prevent those drugs from falling into the wrong hands."
According to data from the Wisconsin DOJ, more than two-thirds of people have first misused prescription painkillers they've gotten illegally from a friend or family member. Taking back medicines can help save lives and reduce prescription drug abuse by disposing of unused medicines through appropriate methods.
From 8:00 am to 11:00 am, you can drop off your unwanted medications to the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice jail lobby lobby on 9th Street in downtown Milwaukee. Ten-minute parking is allowed along 9th Street in front of the prison entrance for people who sell prescription drugs.
Unused or expired medicines should never be rinsed or poured into the drain. Water recovery facilities are not designed to remove all of them, and traces of pharmaceuticals are found in rivers and lakes.
All waste products must be produced by a household – no companies are allowed to participate in this event.  Bring : Prescription (controlled and uncontrolled) and OTC drugs, ointments, plasters, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, ampoules and veterinary drugs.  Do not Bring : Illegal drugs, needles / sharp objects, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreen), dangerous Household waste (paints, pesticides, oil, gas), mercury thermometer
- Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medicinal products by removing the medicinal product from its container and dispose of directly in a disposal box or in a clear plastic bag seal. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packs without the drugs to be removed are acceptable.
- Liquids are accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without original packaging will not be accepted
- Illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.
Community members are also reminded that many drugs are consumed Disposal boxes are open year round.