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Wisconsin's DOJ, DNR team up for collecting unused prescription drugs

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two state government agencies are teaming up to get unused medicines out of people's homes -- so those who abuse prescription drugs cannot get to those pills.  

The Justice Department and the DNR are taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 26th. People can drop off their old and unused medicines that day at a number of collection sites throughout Wisconsin.  

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says prescription drug addictions often lead to heroin abuse -- and the take back day gives everybody a chance to fight back against heroin.  

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says the collections will allow fewer drugs to be flushed into water systems or thrown into landfills -- thus reducing environmental harm.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)