Barron County to hold drug takeback event

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(WEAU) -- Barron County law enforcement agencies will be holding a drug takeback event on September 29th to help people get rid of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The event is happening from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at several locations across the county.

Barron– Barron County Justice Center, 1420 State Hwy 25 N.
Cameron– Cameron Police Department, 300 N. 1st Street
Chetek– Chetek Police Department, 101 Moore Street
Cumberland– Cumberland Police Department, 950 First Ave
Cumberland- Maple Plain Community Center, 247 25 ¾ Ave
Mikana- Barb’s General Store, 120 Lake Street
Prairie Farm– Village Hall, 115 River Avenue
Rice Lake– Don Johnson Motors, 734 West Avenue
Turtle Lake– Turtle Lake Police Dept., 114 Martin Avenue East

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. There is also a permanent drop box located at the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

During the last take back event in April 2012, 100 pounds of medications were collected.

Other counties across the country will be holding similar takeback event. Check with your local county to see if they will be holding an event.

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