Confirmed: Medical examiner reports 77 drug deaths in Milwaukee Co. this year

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner has confirmed 77 drug deaths in the county alone for 2017.

The DOJ, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police departments have set up a drug take back day on Saturday. People can bring unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs to collection points around the state. A map of collection sites is available at

The effort is designed to combat misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers and other drugs. All unwanted medications turned in at collection sites must be generated by a household rather than businesses. The sites won’t accept needles, bio-hazardous materials, personal care products such as shampoo or illegal drugs such as marijuana or methamphetamine.