Superior Police collects thousands of unwanted pills for National Takeback Initiative

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2014 Updated Apr 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - A number of Northland communities are joining a national initiative to properly dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted medication.

The National Drug Takeback Initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding people's homes of potentially dangerous expired or unused prescription drugs.

Last October, Americans turned in over 647,000 pounds, or 324 tons, of prescription drugs to drop–off sites. 19 of said tons came from Wisconsin alone.

"A lot of times they get misused and handed off," said Superior Community Service Officer Chris Wagner, "a lot of prescription problems are when they are given to another person that they're not prescribed for, so this is a way to keep them out of the wrong hands."

A pill drop off box is also available Monday through Friday at the Superior Police Department.

Other Northland communities are also joining the national initiative. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Babbit Police Department, and Floodwood police are among facilities offering other drop–off locations.

Elsa Robins