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"Every household in Wisconsin has the ability to help save lives and cut down on prescription drug abuse by storing prescription drugs securely and disposing of unused medication through proper methods, like DOJ's biannual Drug Take Back Day".

The effort is part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Take Back Day. KSP collected 1,648 pounds during two take back events.

What to bring: prescription pills of any kind, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, pet medicines and vitamins. The take back days are held twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall.

The event is set for Saturday from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Walgreens. This day allows people to clean out their cabinets and properly dispose of unwanted medications in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has warned the public against flushing prescription drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash because they pose potential safety and health hazards.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

They will also accept medications from nursing homes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.

The Cumberland County District Attorney's Office is providing the Elks Lodge with one of the county's drop boxes for use during the event.