Time to get rid of expired, unwanted prescription drugs
By Frank Abderholden firstname.lastname@example.org | @abderholden October 25, 2013 7:14PM
On Saturday, Oct. 26, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can get rid of those unwanted medicines before a young person gets their hands on them and uses them for recreational purposes. | Sun-Times Media File Photo
Anyone having unwanted or unused prescription drugs can drop them off at one of the following locations for proper disposal:
Beach Park Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth Road, Beach Park; ;Volo Village Hall, 500 S. Fish Lake Road, Volo;
Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway; Waukegan Police Department, 420 Robert Sabonjian Place; Libertyville Police Department, 200 E. Cook Avenue; Lake Bluff Police Department, 45 E. Center Avenue; Mundelein Police Department, 221 N. Lake Street; Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Boulevard; Lincolnshire Police Department, One Olde Half Day Road; North Chicago Police Department, 1850 Lewis Avenue; Grayslake Police Department, 10 S. Seymour Avenue; Hainesville Village Hall, 100 N. Hainesville Road; Deerfield Police Department, 850 Waukegan Road; Fox Lake Police Department, 301 S. Route 59; and the Barrington Police Department Public Safety Building, 400 N. Northwest Highway.
Drop-offs accepted include prescription medications including controlled substances, all over-the-counter medications, samples, pet medications, vitamins and supplements and medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils. No liquids needles or sharps will be accepted.
Updated: November 27, 2013 6:04AM
Why do you have all of those prescription medicines in your bathroom or kitchen cabinet that are unused and possibly expired?
On Saturday, Oct. 26, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can get rid of those unwanted medicines before a young person gets their hands on them and uses them for recreational purposes. It’s also a way to keep the drugs out of the sewage system, which cannot filter the drugs out of the effluent that goes into local waterways. The service is free and anonymous.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event. In April of this year, 8,000 pounds of prescription drugs was collected in Lake County and the state collected 23,000 pounds during the DEA event.
“Ridding medicine cabinets of these prescription drugs prevents children from accidently consuming them and unauthorized users from obtaining them,” said Sara Balmes, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is committed to limiting the availability of prescription drugs and protecting our environment by properly disposing them,” she said.
This is the seventh event in three years. To date, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation since the take-back initiative began.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.