DOJ rolls out opioid drug deactivation program

DEFOREST (WKOW) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced he’s rolling out a new program to destroy highly-addictive medications.

The Department of Justice showed off the new program, which uses the Deterra® Drug Deactivation System. If you have extra medication you don’t need, you can put it in a pouch, add water, wait 30 seconds and then throw it away in the garbage.

"Normally we don’t recommend throwing unused medications in the garbage or flush them down the toilet because those can end up in our water system supply," said Schimel. "By using this deactivation system you can safely throw them away because the powder makes them useless."

The drug deactivation pouches will be available in all 62 Hometown Pharmacy Stores in Wisconsin. The presentation was at the location in DeForest.

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