CITY OF SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) – In honor of “Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” communities across Wisconsin are holding events to fight the opioid epidemic.

The City of Sun Prairie hosted its biannual drive-thru event, which provides the community with a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused and unused medications. The filing is one of 140 repossession events planned statewide, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

District Liaison Officer Mackenzie Miller said it’s not just Sun Prairie who’s struggling with substance abuse.

“I think there is a need in every community for this type of event. Just making sure people can properly dispose of their medications and not find them anywhere else,” Miller said. “No matter where you go, there will always be some sort of mental health or addiction issue, so it’s important in every community to have these events.”

While the city hosts two takeover events each year, the police station has onsite disposal accessible 24/7, according to Miller.

The DOJ said the water facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals and traces have appeared in rivers and lakes. They said unused or expired medication should never be discarded or flushed down the drain. To find a drug take-back point near you, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/opioids/drug-take-back-day.htm.

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