[Pharmwaste] collection success has a down side

Bickford, Barbara J - DNR (Barb) Barbara.Bickford at wisconsin.gov
Thu Dec 3 13:04:18 EST 2015


This news item describes two cases where police officers diverted prescription drugs from household collection programs.  Both cases occurred in Wisconsin, which has been among the top 4 states for collecting drugs from its residents.  Collection success does have a down side.

Sauk Prairie police officer arrested on tentative drug, misconduct charges
http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_5b9a3d7a-2e50-5135-a59f-6d2f720b9cd6.html
Source: Madison.com

Law enforcement agencies may want to consider requiring two officers to be present when emptying any drop box, each one with a unique key.  However, in the City of Oregon case, the "two key" procedure was circumvented too.


Barb Bickford
Medical Waste Coordinator and Hydrogeologist
Waste and Materials Mgt/Environmental Management Division
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster St., PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921
Phone: 608-267-3548
Fax: 608-267-2768
barbara.bickford at wisconsin.gov

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