Eau Claire (WQOW)- National Drug Take Back Day is over, and now local law enforcement agencies are packing up the medication and shipping it off.
Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said agencies in the northwest region dropped off all of the unwanted medications they collected Saturday at the Eau Claire State Patrol Office. The drugs will be shipped out of state to be disposed of.
Cramer said there’s 20 to 25 counties in that region, and they are estimating they will ship off 7,500 pounds of prescription drugs.
He said it’s important to dispose of the medications properly for the environment, but also to try and stop someone from misusing.
“We’ve had people die of the overdose and that’s frustrating to law enforcement. There are needless deaths that are happening,” Cramer said. “This will keep those heavy duty prescriptions, those pain killers, the opioids off the street.”
Cramer said while agencies were dropping off the medications, some were also there to pick up NARCAN
He said more than 200 agencies received more than 2,000 doses of NARCAN, which helps those who have overdosed.