Brown County collects nearly a ton of prescription drugs

Prescription drug collection
Prescription drugs stored at the Green Bay Police Dept. on Oct. 21, 2016, waiting to be destroyed (Photo: Green Bay Police Dept.)

In a single day, more than one and a third tons of prescription drugs were taken out of medicine cabinets, cupboards and dresser drawers across three counties in northeast Wisconsin.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office says Saturday’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collected 1,953.7 pounds of drugs in Brown County and another 396.9 pounds in Door and Kewaunee counties.

Take Drug Take-Back Day is an effort to get unwanted, unused and expired medications out of peoples’ homes. The goal is to prevent abuse of painkillers and deter prescription-drug thefts from homes. It also keeps medicines from being tossed in the trash or flushed down the toilet and getting into groundwater and water supplies.

Drop-off sites collected any drugs — whether prescription opiates, over-the-counter skin creams, or more illicit drugs.

Attorney General Brad Schimel says a take-back day last April collected more than 64,000 pounds of drugs statewide.

The  Green Bay Police Department collected the most medicines in the three-county area Saturday, taking in 878.6 pounds. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office collected 388.5 pounds, and Door County collected 247.5.

The drugs will be incinerated.

If you couldn’t drop off medications Saturday, click here to find other locations: