- People often leave unused prescriptions in their cabinets at home. But Wisconsin's Attorney General hopes you turn those prescriptions in Saturday to help solve a growing problem.
October 22 is Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Attorney General Brad Schimel said more people die from accidental drug overdoses in Wisconsin than from car crashes.
Schimel said every collection day grows bigger because people are recognizing the statewide problem.
"In April of this year, the spring collection, we had three semi-trucks full of medications that we safely incinerated because Wisconsin citizens were collecting these things from their medicine cabinets and the drawers in their bathrooms and getting them safely turned in," said Schimel.
Schimel said it's an important day because Wisconsin is in the middle of an opiate epidemic. He said most people who abuse opiates start by abusing prescription pain killers.
Schimel says it's a problem you can start helping right at home.
"We know that 70% of the time, when people abuse prescriptions, they get them not from a drug dealer on the street and not from a doctor, they get them from a friend or a family member who shares their prescriptions or someone steals them," said Schimel.
For more information on what you can or can't bring in and a list of take back locations, head to https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/prescription-drug-take-back-day.