Buffalo County and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for disposal to the Cochrane Village Hall, 102 E 5th Street in Cochrane, on April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 25% of Buffalo County high school students (18% of Wisconsin high school students) reported they took prescription drugs not prescribed for them.
Last October, Americans turned in more than 250 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.