Attorney General Brad Schimel has announced another record for Wisconsin in their Drug Take Back program efforts.
Wisconsin collected a record-breaking 68,016 pounds of unused medications at drug disposal boxes and October Take Back events in 2018.
The state collected more unused medications than 48 other states, and only falling in second place to California.
Since 2015, Wisconsin has consistently been in the top three in the country, collecting and disposing of 469, 785 lbs. of unused and unwanted medications.
Attorney General Brad Schimel said families are willing to help in the cause:
“Year after year, Wisconsin families continue to be committed to ending prescription drug abuse and taking part in Drug Take Back Day events across the state or discarding their medications any day of the year at one of the 444 permanent drug disposal drop boxes across the state”
This effort also comes in the midst of Wisconsin winning a national award.
The Wisconsin Native American Drug and Gang Initiative (NADGI) has received the Outstanding Public/Safety Health Collaborative Effort on Tribal Lands award from the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.
NADGI is an organization that was created in 2007, which brings together tribal law enforcement agencies with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to fight illegal drug and gang activities on reservations.
Schimel says that the initiative has been very successful:
“Communication and collaboration across enforcement jurisdictions is critical to keeping communities safe. This national model for collaboration between state and tribal governments ensures Wisconsin’s Native American communities are safe and healthy.”
The program also received the 2016 Honoring Nations award from the Harvard Project on American Economic Development (HPAIED).
NADGI and the other award recipients will be recognized at an awards banquet on February 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C.