Kane County Police Participating In National Drug Take-Back Program Oct. 23

Kane County Police Participating In National Drug Take-Back Program Oct. 23

Kane County law enforcers are once again collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office and the Kane County Coroner’s Office have drop boxes that are open to the public. Be sure to check their websites for updated information on COVID-19 protocols and drop box availability.

The DEA website has a searchable list for drop-off sites, but it’s also a good idea to check with your local police department.

Some news releases from Aurora, Batava, Geneva, and Northwestern Medicine are posted below.

Drop-Off Sites in Kane County

Kane County sites listed on the DEA website as of Oct. 21 are as follows:

COLLECTION SITE
If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, sites are added every day.
BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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ELGIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
ELGIN CITY HALL
SHERMAN HOSPITAL
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ELGIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
ELGIN CITY HALL
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KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
KANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
KRYSTA KAUS
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AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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GENEVA POLICE DEPARTMENT
GENEVA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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ST. CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT
NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE CONVENIENT CARE ST. CHARLES
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CARPENTERSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
CARPENTERSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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SUGAR GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
SUGAR GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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If you do not find a collection site near you, please check back frequently, new sites are added every day.

Aurora

Aurora Police Taking Back Unused Prescription Drugs Oct. 23 at APD Headquarters

Do you have old unused prescription drugs lying around in your home? Drop them off this Saturday at the Aurora Police Department during the National Drug Take Back Event.

With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Aurora Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration announces our bi-annual Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Aurora Police Headquarters.

Take Back Day allows you to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

At its last Take Back Day in April, the DEA collected more than 420 tons of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications across the county. More than 26,000 pounds of drugs were turned in from the State of Illinois alone. Studies indicating most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Clearing out unused medicine is essential to everyone’s safety.

We will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. APD will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges if the lithium batteries are removed.

Please follow our COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe, which require you to practice social distancing and wear a mask while inside Aurora Police Headquarters.

Batavia

Batavia Police Department/DEA – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Batavia Police Department will be participating a location for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

For information on a collection site near you please use the DEA link below:

https://takebackday.dea.gov/   

For a list of guidelines and approved medications for drop-off at the Batavia Police Department site, please use the link below:

 http://www.cityofbatavia.net/DocumentCenter/View/482/Unwanted-MedicationDisposalProgram-Guidelines-PDF?bidId=

In addition to medications, the Batavia Police Department will collect vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers only after the batteries are removed from the devices. It is important to stress that the Batavia Police Department is not responsible for removing the batteries from the devices.

If the batteries cannot be removed, individual consumers can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal.

Individual consumers may also contact their local Hazardous Materials Management Facility to determine if they accept these devices, and for additional guidance regarding proper disposal.

Geneva

Geneva Police Participating In National Drug Take-Back Program Oct. 23

The Geneva Police Department will be working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in collecting expired or unwanted prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 as part of the National Drug Take-Back Day.

National Drug Take-Back Program - Medication PillsPeople can turn in their medications to the records specialist at the front desk of the Police Department, 20 Police Plaza. As a reminder, all visitors are required to wear a face mask when entering a City building. The following pills or patches that will be accepted include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Medication samples
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Pet medications
  • Non-controlled DEA drugs

Pills should be removed from their original container by pouring them directly into a plastic bag. People should take any empty prescription bottles and boxes that may contain any personal information back home.
The Police Department will not be accepting any liquids, ointments, illegal substances/narcotics, thermometers, IV bags, sharps/needles, bloody or infectious waste, and empty containers.

This is the 19th time Geneva Police have participated in the drug take-back program for the public. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. After 2 p.m. Oct. 23, the Police Department will revert to its current practice of accepting unused medication from only Geneva residents.

Started in 2010, this initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. These medications should not be flushed down the toilet or sink because they could end up in local drinking water supplies. By turning in old medications, people are preventing pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, visit the DEA’s website.

Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine will host six collection sites on Saturday, Oct. 23

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose. Northwestern Medicine will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by hosting six collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Community members can safely dispose of their unused medications at drive-up sites.

“Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision,” said Mark P. Hanna, DO, a pain management specialist who treats patients at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital. “Take-back programs are the best way to safely dispose of old drugs.”

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, the non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found most misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The six Northwestern Medicine drive-up collection sites are located at:

  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, East Entrance Roundabout, 25 North Winfield Road, Winfield
  • Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care St. Charles (on the east side of the parking lot by Kirk Road), 2900 Foxfield Road, Suite 100, St. Charles
  • Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, 1302 North Main Street, Sandwich
  • Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, Medical Records Building (one driveway south of main hospital), 2731 Sycamore Road, DeKalb
  • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Bays Medical Building entrance, 900 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest
  • Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Medical Office Building #2, 10370 Haligus Road, Huntley

Event staff will wear masks and follow physical distancing protocols. Please wear a mask in your vehicle when interacting with event staff. Sharps and liquids will not be accepted, and Take Back Day is for community members, not for commercial organizations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 136 people die every day from an opioid overdose. Roughly 21% to 29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.

At Northwestern Medicine, efforts have been made to reduce the number of opioids providers prescribe, while also offering safe disposal options for patients, particularly after surgeries.

“The number of opioid pills prescribed after surgery can inadvertently exceed the number of pills taken by patients,” said David M. Kalainov, MD,  an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “This is a risk factor for opioid misuse and/or diversion of pills to others. Northwestern Medicine surgical providers are making strides to eliminate inadvertent opioid overprescribing, leveraging technology to focus more accurately on patient-specific pain medication needs after surgery.”

National Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused opioids and other prescription medications. If you throw unused medications in the trash, they can be retrieved and abused, or illegally sold. If you flush then, they can contaminate the water supply.

Find information about safe medication storage and disposal at nm.org/safemeddisposal.

For more information on prescription drug misuse, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit http://news.nm.org/about-northwestern-medicine.html.