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City Officials Announce Drug Mail Back Program

The city of Milwaukee entered into a partnership with CVS to try and get a handle on the opioid epidemic in our area.

A drug mail back program is now available for people who have unwanted or unused drugs in their medicine cabinet.

The Drug Mail Back Program will utilize free, tamper-proof mail back envelopes that will be made available to residents at ten local CVS Pharmacy locations in Milwaukee and  Cudahy, at MMSD's administrative office, and in Milwaukee and Cudahy police department precincts, as part of a two-year pilot program. 

The hope is it will keep drugs out of the water ways and out the hands of addicts.

"The epidemic knows no boundaries, and is indiscriminate in taking the lives of people across all social and economic classes," Alderman Bohl said. "We need unique partnerships and new approaches across all sectors to fight it, and we need all hands on deck working together if we are to truly make an impact."

Milwaukee County is on pace for record-setting year of opioid overdose deaths.

According to the Medical College of Wisconsin, 191 people have died of heroin and opioid overdoses through September of this year that number could hit 250. 

It was 176 last year.

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