Fox Valley Metro Police collect unwanted prescription medications

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LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) – As part of Wisconsin’s fight against opioid drug abuse, people in the Fox Valley got rid of prescription drugs they no longer needed.

The Fox Valley Metro Police Department participated in a “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative on Saturday.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, drug deaths have nearly tripled in the state of Wisconsin in recent years. In 2013, nearly 900 people died from prescription drug overdose.

Police say they now see prescription pills just like they see weapons: dangerous when in the hands of people who don’t know what they’re doing.

“The biggest thing is really to get these things off the streets,” said Community Support Officer Michael Lambie. “More often than not, your young toddlers will find these medications laying around the household, and they can be very damaging to those young children.”

The Fox Valley Metro Police Department is able to hold these events with help from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

CLICK HERE to learn where you can drop off unwanted prescription medications.