Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Community Spotlight: Sauk Prairie Police Department
Box Installed: August 18, 2012
Box Location: 726 Water Street, Sauk City, WI (accessible 24/7, lower entrance)
For More Information Contact: Detective Paul Deuman, (608) 643-2427 or firstname.lastname@example.orgIn Wisconsin, the Sauk Prairie Police Department has been home to a permanent medication collection box since 2012. During this time, they have collected over 1,300 pounds of unwanted, unused, or expired medications through take-back events or from their collection box.
For this edition of Community Spotlight, we asked Detective Paul Deuman to fill us in on how the program got started, and the impacts that it has had in Sauk Prairie.
Other agencies in our county were receiving grants for the take-back box so we decided to apply as well. We decided to take part in the program due to the high volume of prescription medications that were being abused in our area. Owners of the medications didn't know where to safely dispose of the medications and were just dumping them into the sewer system via the toilet.
The community has been great. We have a great working relationship with our hospitals and clinics who give us medicine and they also sell the box to the community.
Hospitals and Clinics tell their patients where they can go 24/7 to drop off medicines. We also get the word out through Take Backs (events) and local media.
The biggest challenge is the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take Back closing for disposal. We are currently working the Baraboo Police Department on getting a grant for their incinerator to filter and proper destruction.
Our prescription pill usage has dropped tremendously. We have made it harder for pill seekers to obtain "left over" medicines. The only thing that has surprised me was the large amounts we take in yearly.
Make sure they have a disposal location in their area. Otherwise storing them is frustrating.
Our community has embraced this program. We are emptying the box once a day and sometimes multiple times daily. It is nice knowing the medicine isn't being dumped into our water or sewers.
Many thanks go out to Detective Dueman and the City of Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin, for working so hard to provide a safe, convenient place to dispose of their community's unwanted, unused, or expired medications. It's great to hear the impact the program is having on the community, and in extension their environment. Keeping pharmaceuticals out of the hands of those they aren't intended for, and out of our environment, benefits us all.
If you have any questions about drug take-back programs, or if you're interested in getting a program started in your community, please check out our website or you can contact our Pollution Prevention Program Specialist Laura Kammin for more information.
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