Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is calling on everyone to get rid of their unused meds.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Local agencies and health care providers throughout Wisconsin will be hosting take-back events.

People will be able to drop off their unused medications to be disposed of safely. 

Kaul said, “A large number of people who become addicted to opioids, and that includes heroin, first begin their addiction by improperly using a prescription drug.”

Many agencies, including the Eau Claire police department and the La Crosse police department, have a drug disposal bin available year-round.

Kaul says it’s important that people don’t throw pills in the trash or flush them down the toilet, as they can cause environmental problems when disposed of improperly.