Wisconsin takes back 32 tons of prescription drugs

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Justice released updated numbers on last month's Drug Take Back events.

Attorney General Brad Schimel says 63,941 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription drugs (almost 32 tons) were collected, boxed, and shipped by semis to an incinerator in Indiana.

The official weight was determined by Covanta Energy in Indianapolis before it incinerated the drugs.

Schimel also says Wisconsin led the nation in the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the semi-annual Drug Take Back. He says 266 police and sheriff's departments hosted 130 events on October 28 alone.

On October 31, the DOJ gave Target 2 exclusive access as agents sorted the drugs and prepared them for shipment. At that time the preliminary estimate was more than 60,000 pounds.

Wisconsin also has 349 permanent drug disposal boxes, mostly installed in police and sheriff's departments. That's more than 46 other states.

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