Wisconsin Guard’s Drug Enforcement Program lends a helping hand as Wisconsin again leads the country in annual drug take-back initiative ”Wisconsin National Guard
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin National Guard supported the 20th annual drug take-back initiative as the state obtained more unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs than any other in the country.
Members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s Drug Enforcement Program helped facilitate recovery efforts in communities across Wisconsin on October 23, then helped law enforcement and drug agencies solidify drugs to Waukesha on October 25 to prepare them for proper disposal.
“In October, Wisconsin recovered approximately 58,000 pounds of prescription drugs, which, combined with the 59,000 recovered in April, represents almost 120,000 pounds for the year,” said the Staff Sgt. Daniel Ruland, with the Guard’s Counterdrug Program. “The resounding success of Drug Take Back Day in Wisconsin is due to the exceptional collaboration between all groups involved. The Alliance for Wisconsin Youth and its community coalitions do an excellent job with the messaging and staffing of Take Back locations as well as our state’s law enforcement members dedicated to this prevention effort.
Ruland said the biannual event, jointly hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency, enjoys great community participation with hundreds of law enforcement agencies participating in the effort. . The importance of the program cannot be overstated, said Ruland.
“Our fellow citizens know that one person’s unused prescription drugs can easily become another person’s misused prescription drugs, which can lead to addiction. The Wisconsin National Guard drug program will continue to fully support this effort in any way it can. “
Drug Take Back Day is held twice a year in Wisconsin – once in the fall and once in the spring. The program aims to remove unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs from medicine cabinet shelves and dispose of them properly to ensure they do not fall into the wrong hands or end up in water supplies. municipal. In many cases, these drugs become a gateway to drug addiction and addiction.
In 2020, Wisconsin also led the way, raising 89,982 combined pounds, or 9% of the nation’s total.
Agencies at the local, state, and federal level all participate in the annual Medication Take-Back Day. Every year, it collects hundreds of tons of medicine that might otherwise have ended up on the streets or in municipal water supplies after people unknowingly got rid of their old prescriptions.
Nationally, more than 4,100 military and law enforcement personnel participated in Drug Recovery Day events this year.