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Law enforcement officials hope “Drug Take Back Day” will help slow opioid crisis

October 25, 2018 Health 0 Views More news headlines LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A program to help stop Wittens…

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A program to help stop Wittens opioid epidemic is hosting another local event. The state’s Drug Take Back Day is intended to safely collect unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

La Crosse Police Department disposed of nearly 300 pounds unused drugs during the spring’s Drug Take Back Day. By making people lose these drugs, they will be inaccessible to others who may abuse them.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said since the opioid epidemic began, law enforcement officials have long gone for those who delivered the drug.

“The problem is that what we did not acknowledge is that you have to go after the demand side,” said Schimel.

This meant creating alcohol and drug courts as a way to treat those suffering from addiction and creating the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

“When prescription drugs are abused, law enforcement [officals] may inform the doctor and pharmacist that it happens via PDMP,” said Schimel.

These programs only helped after the person became addicted.

“If we can tackle the pain relieving problem, we can handle our heroin problem more effectively,” said Schimel.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 80 percent of Americans who use heroin reported abuse of prescription opioids first reported.

“Some had very legitimate reasons to take pain relieving pills. They became addicted to it, and then they did not know how to feed that addiction, so they turned to heroin or meth,” said Ron Tischer, chief of La Crosse Police Department.

During the Drug Take Back Day event, people are invited to bring medicine to ensure that their friends and family do not go down this road.

“We love to see this box filled, because we know for every pill put in this box, it’s not in the hands of anyone who will not use it,” says Tischer.

If people are looking for a few medication for the event, they can bring them in a ziplock bag or leave them in the original packaging. However, the police department says it will not accept liquids or needles. To find the location nearest you, go to DoseOfReality.WI.gov. [19659005] Get your weather forecast from people who actually live in your community. We update with short, easy-to-use video polls that you can watch your phone every day. Download the iOS or Android app here.

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