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State collects thousands of pounds of unused medications in drug take-back event

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- After holding a statewide drug take-back event on Saturday, Attorney General Josh Kaul is showing some of the drugs that were turned in for disposal. 

Kaul says the state collected tens of thousands of pounds of medications, drugs that could have wound up in the wrong hands. He says there are three things the state needs to do to fight the opioid epidemic. 

"I think we need to work to expand access to substance abuse treatment. A second is, we need to hold accountable people who have broken the law and contributed to this epidemic by doing so. But third, we need to prevent people from becoming addicted in the first place," said Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (D). 

Kaul says people with unused medications can help prevent addiction by disposing of them properly. 

If you missed the drug take-back event and have unused medications you'd like to get rid of, click here to find a take-back location near you.

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