In April 2021, State Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that law enforcement agencies across the Wisconsin would be participating in a Drug Take Back Day later that month. Coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the efforts provided a safe disposal of medications as well as increasing awareness about the abuse of prescription medications.
On April 24, 2021, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, in collaboration with Green Bay Police Department, participated as a drop-off location for area residents to safely dispose of unneeded medications.
“They get bagged up, taped up and they are going to be brought to a hazardous waste company where they will incinerate them as waste. From there they serve as fuel for cement kilns. Here, we take them back so they don’t get thrown in the garbage,” said John Motquin, hazardous waste facilitator, Hospital Sisters Health System.
During the three-hour event, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center collected 486.8 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription medications.