Janesville residents will have a chance to get rid of their old and unused prescription drugs as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 28.

The day's events, says the Drug Enforcement Administration, "provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths."

Janesville first participated in the event last year, and is again participating in the day to encourage area residents to dispose of prescription drugs they no longer use.

Police Chief David Ulmen encourages Janesville residents to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs as a way to stop drug abuse before it starts.

"There’s a lot of folks out there that have prescription medications they no longer need, but they don’t know where to get rid of them," he said last year. "It really is a good idea, if you have prescription drugs that you’re not using, to get rid of them so they’re not apt to fall into the wrong hands."

Ulmen says illegally used prescription drugs are usually obtained from a friend or relative and notes abuse of prescription painkillers has contributed to a rise in heroin and other opiate abuse, including in the Janesville area.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has set Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Residents can drop off their unused prescription drugs at Janesville City Hall, located at 101 N. Mott St.

Residents can also dispose of unused prescription drugs year-round at the Waseca County Sheriff’s Department lobby in Waseca, located at 122 Third Ave. NW.

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