Help stop the opioid epidemic!
The city of Aurora Police Department and other departments in Kane County are once again collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.
Did you know that medicines that languish 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.
The April 28 takeback is the 15th in eight years. The aim is to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
In Aurora, please bring your pills or patches for disposal to the Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Tr. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
PLEASE NOTE: Police cannot accept liquids, needles, inhalers or sharps — only pills or patches.
Last April, Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over nine million pounds — more than 4,508 tons — of pills.
SOURCE: city of Aurora Facebook page
Take Back Day Locations in Kane County
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28
|If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day.|
|SUGAR GROVE PD
SUGAR GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
|AURORA POLICE HEADQUARTERS
AURORA POLICE HEADQUARTERS
|KANE COUNTY CORONER OFFICE
KANE COUNTY CORONER OFFICE
|ST. CHARLES POLICE DEPT
WITH ST. CHARLES POLICE
|KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
|If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, new sites are added every day.|
Additional Kane County Locations
- Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care St. Charles – 2900 Foxfield Rd., St. Charles, IL (on the east side of the parking lot by Kirk Road)
- Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital – 1302 North Main St., Sandwich, IL (drive-thru drop-off at main entrance)
- Highland Park CVS, L.L.C., 1500 Lincoln Highway, St. Charles, IL 60174
- Walgreen Co., 1221 N Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506
- Techni Med INC, 340 Marshall Ave. Unit 100, Aurora, IL 60506
- Bond Drug Company of Illinois, L.L.C., 1799 Douglas Road, Montgomery, IL 60538
- Walgreen Co., 1700 Larkin Ave., Elgin, IL 60123
Why Unused Drugs Are Dangerous
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet.
Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available:
- Take the meds out of their bottles;
- Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
- Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to: