10/21/11 – The Beaver Dam Police Department has announced that they will be one of the agencies participating in the National Drug Take-Back Initiative at the end of the month. The effort on Saturday, October 29 is aimed at removing drugs from the streets and promoting the proper disposal of prescription medications. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans abuse prescription drugs than the number using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined. The Beaver Dam Police Department will be collecting pharmaceuticals in their new facility located on Park Avenue between 10am and 2pm. The Horicon Police Department is also among the agencies hosting a drug drop. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Medications should be brought in their original containers with personal identification removed. Drug take-back programs are intended to reduce the amount of drugs available for theft, or accidental poisoning but are also helpful in keeping those meds out of the water supply. In April, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 188 tons of drugs at 5361 sites operated by the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners…that’s a 55% increase over the previous drug drop in September of 2010.