For Chief Tomahawk
ONEIDA COUNTY – Later this month, several Oneida County law enforcement agencies will offer the opportunity to help prevent prescription drug abuse and prescription drug theft by eliminating houses of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The Rhinelander Police Department, the Minocqua Police Department, the Three Lakes Police Department and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, will take over the unwanted or expired drugs on Saturday 23 October. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Disposal sites will be the Rhinelander Police Department, 201 N. Brown Street, Rhinelander; the Minocqua Police Department, 418 E. Chicago Avenue, Minocqua; Three Lakes Police Department, 1795 Erie Street, Three Lakes; and Oneida County Landfill, 7450 County Highway K, Rhinelander.
The service is free and anonymous.
Prescription (controlled and uncontrolled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, and pet medications will be accepted.
Illegal drugs, needles / sharps, spray cans, biohazardous materials (anything that contains bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.) and hazardous household waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas) will not be accepted.
âParticipants will be asked to empty their medicine bottles into boxes,â a statement from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said. âBlister packs are okay without the drug being removed. Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted. Illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. “
For more information contact Captain Hook (Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, 715-361-5100), Chief Lloyd Gauthier (Rhinelander Police Department, 715-365-5300), Constable Devon Gaszak (Minocqua Police Department, 715-536-3234), or Chief Lea (Three Lakes Police Department, 715-546-2211).
For more information on disposing of unwanted or unused prescription drugs, visit www.doseofrealitywi.gov/drug-takeback.
“The goal of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient and responsible disposal method, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of these drugs,” the sheriff’s office said. . “We hope the citizens of Oneida County take this opportunity to get rid of unused and unnecessary drugs.”