Milwaukee: 2.9 Tons of Unused Medicine Destroyed

(Milwaukee, WI) – Police departments in Milwaukee County collected 5,850 pounds of unused medicine over recent months and it was all destroyed this week, keeping it out of the hands of people who abuse prescription drugs, our waterways and the environment.

Medicine collections in Milwaukee County have accumulated more than 28 tons of unused medications since 2006.

18 out of 19 police departments in the County offer medicine collection programs all year long.  They include:

Bayside Greendale River Hills West Allis
Brown Deer Greenfield Shorewood West Milwaukee
Cudahy Hales Corners South Milwaukee Whitefish Bay
Fox Point Milwaukee St. Francis
Franklin Oak Creek Wauwatosa

The Milwaukee Police Department transported all medicine collected for destruction to a waste-to-energy facility in Indianapolis, Indiana with funding provided by the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Never flush or pour unused medicine down the drain.  Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals and the various compounds can go through the facilities into Lake Michigan.

For more information on medicine collection programs in Milwaukee County, go to: www.mmsd.com.

Anti-Addiction Resources in the Franklin Area

As discovered in the Franklin Heroin Crisis in the Suburbs Summit held in September of 2014, there are many agencies to help individuals and families struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

While FAPSU does not endorse one agency over another, two faith-based programs in the Franklin area are available to help families who are caught in the grip of various addictions.

Beyond Addictions – Saturday mornings, 10 am – noon

Southbrook Church – (414) 427-1929

11010 West St. Martins Rd, Franklin, WI

Beyond Addictions is a program designed to help individuals to be set free from the bondage of addiction to live a new life in Christ Jesus.

Celebrate Recovery – Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Ridge Church – (262) 432-0228

4500 South 108th St, Greenfield, WI

Celebrate Recovery is a national program with 25,000 chapters around the world that help individuals with hurts, hang-ups, and habits. There are several meeting locations in southeastern Wisconsin including the above local location.

Heroin in the Suburbs: Responses to Questions & Comments from the Audience

from 9/30/14

There was no spiritual representation.

It is true that we did not have spiritual representation on the panel, but recognize that the spiritual component is very important for many people. Several factors play into choosing the presenters: we must abide by the rules of the funders, we must keep in mind that we are a community coalition and have to respect the limitations of working in schools and governmental agencies and face limited time to address a complex issue. Please note that “Teen Challenge” , a Christian recovery program, participated in the resource fair at our invitation. And, again at our invitation, the faith community is represented within the membership of FAPSU.

Is the presentation online?

We hope to post portions of the presentation film on our website soon. The website is fapsu.org.

When will this be implemented? How will this work?

FAPSU has a number of efforts at work in the community. The heroin event was an educational effort aimed at raising awareness among parents and community members about the dangers of prescription abuse and the prevalence of heroin in our community. We are investigating best ways to present similar information to students, as well as best practices for prevention among teens. FAPSU also participates in educational efforts aimed at medical providers and pharmacists, law enforcement in Franklin and other groups. We sponsor a public media campaign called Parents Who Host Lose the Most, which helps families to know the risks of hosting parties where drinking and drug use are allowed. FAPSU also has partnered with area mental health professionals to offer a monthly support group for parents of young people involved in substance use. Additionally, FAPSU is actively advocating for safer alcohol serving in the community festivals. Please consider joining FAPSU to participate in these and other efforts. We meet the second Thursday of each month at the Franklin Public Library.

Is there a way to see/smell what drugs look/smell like?

While you may be able to smell alcohol and marijuana, many substances are odorless and can be hidden very easily. FAPSU will make an effort to post more information about identifying or detecting specific substances. More importantly, as parents we know our children very well. As was stated by several speakers at the heroin event, parents and guardians are encouraged to actively investigate and be alert to any changes that may signal alcohol or other drug use. It is especially helpful to get to know your child’s friends and talk to their parents.