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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On October 26th, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin.  This Initiative is a continuation of the collaborative efforts previously conducted by the DEA with state and local law enforcement agencies.  The focus is on removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our state's medicine cabinets and preventing them from going into our water supply.

No businesses allowed. All waste pharmaceuticals must be generated by a household.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.

On October 26th, 2019, participating law enforcement agencies can host one or more collection sites at locations and times of their choosing.

Click here to find a drug take back location near you.

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

  • Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed. 
  • Liquids will be accepted during this initiative.  However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications.  Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. 
  • All participants must retain possession of their own medication during the surrender process.  Law enforcement personnel should not handle the medications at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Long by email at or call (414) 403-4437.