CVS installing drug disposal collection boxes throughout Wisconsin
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Friday that CVS will host drug disposal collection box in Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin has been a national leader on prescription drug disposal and I’m excited to see CVS Health expand their investment in Wisconsin’s efforts to cut down on the number of prescription drugs and medications falling into the wrong hands,” said Attorney General Schimel.
The drug disposal boxes have been installed at CVS Pharmacy stores in Green Bay, Appleton, Barron, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee.
Proper drug disposal is essential to prevent prescription painkiller abuse. Research has shown that 70% of initial painkiller abuse starts when drugs are obtained improperly from family members or friends.
Across Wisconsin, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and hospitals have provided nearly 400 permanent drug disposal drop boxes. After the last statewide Drug Take Back Day, 63,541 pounds of unused medications were collected throughout Wisconsin; more unused medications than Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa combined.