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NWTC holds Prescription Drug “Take Back” event and discussion

Thursday October 16, 2014

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is partnering with the Green Bay Police Department for a 2nd Annual Prescription Drug “Take Back” event Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on NWTC’s Green Bay campus.

During the event, students, staff and community members are encouraged to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal in parking lot D (near Mason Street and Country Club Road). All prescription and non-prescription drugs are accepted, with the exception of needles or sharps. The service is free, with no questions asked.

At NWTC’s first “Take Back” event in 2013, organizers collected more than 150 pounds of prescription drugs. They’re looking to take even more medications off the street this year, said Heidi Thomas, NWTC Learning Division project manager and part of the NWTC team organizing the event.

"Leaving unused prescription drugs in our homes or disposing of them improperly has major implications for our environment, on public health, and for the safety of our community,” said Thomas. “Our team felt so passionately about this issue because we truly feel our efforts to spread awareness and give the community a convenient disposal option are changing lives."

The NWTC event builds on the recent National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day held in September, which resulted in 17 tons (34,026 pounds) of unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs being dropped off at more than 175 collection sites statewide.

Food For Thought

In conjunction with Wednesday’s “Take Back” event, NWTC will also host a film and discussion on prescription drug abuse Tuesday, October 21 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the College’s Food for Thought Speaker Series. The free public event features a discussion of prescription drug addiction from two members of the Brown County Drug Task Force, followed by a short film on the issue. The Food for Thought event will be held in the SC132 Lecture Hall on the Green Bay campus.

For more information on the “Take Back” event or Food for Thought series, visit www.nwtc.edu, or call 920-498-5400.

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