Medication (Rx) Drop Boxes are available in La Crosse County for expired, unused or unwanted medications. Click here for locations, days and times.

You may have heard a lot about prescription painkiller abuse being a big problem in the nation, Wisconsin and in our communities. Anyone can be at risk of becoming addicted or misusing them, especially among young people ages 12-25. When prescribed and used as directed, prescription painkillers can help manage pain.

However, there have been an increase in overdose deaths and hospitalizations. There are several important things you can do to help prevent misuse of prescription drugs such as:

  1. Use prescription drug drop boxes to dispose your medications.
  2. Learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Justice “Dose of Reality” campaign efforts to prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin by clicking here. Information is available for parents, medical staff and others.
  3. Recognize the signs and symptoms of painkillers (opioids such as Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Vicodin) and how to respond. Call 9-1-1 if you suspect an emergency. Narcan or Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdose effects can be given.

Some overdose signs may include:

  •      Very slow or no breathing
  •      Loss of consciousness
  •      Very small pupils

Remember, the risk of overdose and death increases when prescription painkillers are combined with other drugs or alcohol.