April 30th is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Take Back Day.
The Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), local law enforcement, and other partners will host this national event at the Winona YMCA from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, April 30th. It will be an outdoor, drive-through event to drop off prescription medications and e-cigarette devices, follow the neon green signs.
The Winona Police Department and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. They will also collect vaping devices and cartridges at the drop off location, provided lithium batteries are removed. Check out this Disposal of Vaping devices Guide.
Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps will not be accepted but can be taken to the Winona County Hazardous Waste Facility (225 W 2nd Street). Their hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.
If not disposed of properly, prescription drugs (RX) can harm the water supply (from being flushed) or become misused. Help prevent the misuse of RX drugs by safely disposing of them at National Take Back Day.
It is also important to properly dispose of e-cigarettes, as they are considered hazardous waste. E-cigarettes and e-liquids should not be thrown in the trash to protect the environment. Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is extremely poisonous. Disposing of e-cigarettes properly is important to avoid accidental exposure to young children and dogs, as it can be fatal.
Winona County ASAP has held 10 Take Back Day events since 2016 collecting over 850 lbs. Helping people dispose of prescription drugs and e-cigarettes is just one-way ASAP is working with local partners to reduce and prevent youth misuse. We have seen reported prescription drug misuse among 11th graders drop from 10% to 3% from 2013 to 2019, and we will do what we can to keep this trend down.
Learn more about the event by calling 507-474-9825.