Altoona (WQOW) – Saturday marked the first day of Drug Take Back Day. The public was asked to turn in unused pills, needles, patches, and really anything prescription drug, so they may be safely dispose of.
Altoona Police staff said people who take prescription drugs that are not prescribed to them could lead to severe allergic reactions or even death.
“We know that in Eau Claire County, high school students, one in four have reported that they have misused a prescription drug within the last 30 days,” said Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. “So by community members doing their part and bringing in their unused or expired medication, we are getting that off the streets and out of homes so people can’t misuse.”
The Altoona Police Department is just one of several drug take-back locations in our area.
“With the opioids that are happening, they are becoming more and more prevalent in our area. It is on top of even the meth that exists, but we have an obligation to do what we can as communities to remove these medications from the households that no longer need them,” said Chief Jesse James of the Altoona Police Department.
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