We're asking you to help us address Wisconsin's most significant public-safety challenge - the opioid epidemic.

Every day, there are Wisconsinites who wake up struggling with addiction. There are many others who worry about a friend or family member who has a substance-use disorder.

The number of children in the foster-care system because of a parent's drug addiction has increased. County budgets and the criminal-justice system have been strained. And businesses have been impacted by opioid use, which can lead to absenteeism and impaired work performance.

Tragically, thousands of Wisconsinites have lost their lives to this epidemic.

One way we can fight the opioid epidemic is by preventing people from ever becoming addicted to an opioid. And if you have any unwanted or unused medications, you can help with that effort by taking the simple step of disposing of those medications in a drug disposal box.

Unused and unwanted medications can be diverted for illegal use. And flushing medications is unsafe for the environment: water reclamation facilities cannot filter medicine out of our water supply.

If you have any medication that should be disposed of, please go to the Family Fresh Market, 2351 Coulee Road, Hudson, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, to dispose of that medication.

Here's what you can bring:

Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials, and pet medications.

Do not bring:

Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), or mercury thermometers.

Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.

Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, liquids, creams, and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

To learn more about how you can help combat the opioid epidemic, please go to www.DoseOfRealityWI.gov.