Volunteers and law enforcement are teaming up to give residents a safe, convenient option for disposing of unused and expired medications.
Drug take-back events will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Minong Police Station, 123 Fifth Ave. E.
In Superior, members of the Douglas County Drug Prevention Coalition and Superior Police Department will set up a table and chairs just inside the library. Anyone can drop off unwanted medications from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The volunteers will also provide free Deterra bags, which can be used to deactivate medications at home, to people who request them.
Members of the Northern Lakes Coalition, including students from Northwood and Solon Springs schools, will be offering free coffee and doughnuts to people who drop by the Minong take-back event as part of their Doughnuts for Drugs promotion. In addition to snacks, volunteers will have prescription drug lock boxes and bags as well as deactivation kits available for participants who want them.
Unwanted medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain because it could impact local waterways. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove them, and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.
Every April, the Wisconsin Department of Justice coordinates a statewide Prescription Drug Take Back initiative. People who are unable to attend the in-person events have other options to safely dispose of medications.
Permanent drug take-back boxes are housed at the Superior, Iron River and Minong police departments as well as Walgreens in Superior, according to the DOJ’s Dose of Reality website. Anyone can drop off their unused and expired medications at these sites during regular business hours.