On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., law enforcement agencies throughout Kane County will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills for disposal to any of the sites below:
Take Back Day Sites
These are the Kane County sites listed on site locator on the DEA’s website as of April 11. We’ll add more, as news releases come in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day.|
|KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
|CARPENTERSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
VILLAGE OF CARPENTERSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
|CITY OF ELGIN-POLICE DEPARTMENT/SHERMAN HOSPITAL
ADVOCATE SHERMAN HOSPITAL
|KANE COUNTY CORONER OFFICE
KANE COUNTY CORONER OFFICE
|CITY OF ST. CHARLES
NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE CONVENIENT CARE ST. CHARLES
|AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
|SUGAR GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
SUGAR GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
|If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, new sites are added every day.|
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.
5,800 Sites Nationwide
Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds — nearly 5,500 tons — of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. 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.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen 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.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.
St. Charles Police Team Up with Northwestern Medicine
The St. Charles Police Department is joining Northwestern Medicine in hosting a prescription drug collection site at the Northwestern Medicine Convenient Care St. Charles, 2900 Foxfield Road.
The effort is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, you can safely dispose of unused prescription pills and patches at the Convenient Care Center. No needles, sharps or liquids will be accepted.
The DEA warns that unused medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse and that flushing some medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could pose potential environmental hazards.
For more information on National Drug Take Back Day, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov