Authorities address opioid addiction with ‘Drug Take Back Day’

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- Ahead of “Drug Take Back Day”, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Madison Police discussed the importance of the event.

Kaul said the state has made strides in addressing the opioid epidemic, but there is still more to be done.

Kaul said it comes down to three things: accountability, expansion of access to substance abuse treatment, and addiction prevention.

“And that’s one of the things that ‘Drug Take Back’ can help with. Prescriptions that are unused, or unwanted, can be diverted for illegal use unless they are disposed of properly,” said Kaul.

There are take back boxes available all over the state.

Chief Koval said since the creation of take back programs and task forces, the city of Madison has been able to properly dispose of more than 26,000 pounds of unwanted medication.

“Drug Take Back Day” is this Saturday. To find a drop-off location in your area, click here.