Medication Collection gathers 3,000 pounds of unwanted meds

July 3, 2012

The June 9 Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Medication Collection collected 3,000 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s (KNIB) Fifth Annual Medication Collection, held in four counties Saturday, June 9, collected 3,000 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications from 1,700 households.

All of the drugs received at the collection will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally-friendly method through incineration.

We are truly pleased so many people participate in this worthwhile event that affects our drinking water,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of KNIB. “Protecting our drinking water and preventing drug abuse is very important. We are delighted to see so many people in the participating communities take advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of medications.”

The central drop-off site at Machesney Park Mall was extremely busy, with nearly 1,000 households involved. This was a 14 percent increase in participation over last year. Surveys taken at the event also revealed that 42 percent of the participants were new to the drop-off and were happy to contribute their items.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at each site sorted the medications. Veolia Environmental Services staff packaged the medications for disposal. Officers from the police departments from Winnebago County, Belvidere, Carroll County and Freeport monitored the collection process and provided security for the controlled substances.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us to expand this very important environmental effort,” Gummow said. “We depend on the financial support of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers to make our events successful.”

For more about this project or upcoming KNIB events, visit www.knib.org or call (815) 637-1343.Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Ill. — Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s (KNIB) Fifth Annual Medication Collection, held in four counties Saturday, June 9, collected 3,000 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications from 1,700 households.

All of the drugs received at the collection will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally-friendly method through incineration.

We are truly pleased so many people participate in this worthwhile event that affects our drinking water,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of KNIB. “Protecting our drinking water and preventing drug abuse is very important. We are delighted to see so many people in the participating communities take advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of medications.”

The central drop-off site at Machesney Park Mall was extremely busy, with nearly 1,000 households involved. This was a 14 percent increase in participation over last year. Surveys taken at the event also revealed that 42 percent of the participants were new to the drop-off and were happy to contribute their items.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at each site sorted the medications. Veolia Environmental Services staff packaged the medications for disposal. Officers from the police departments from Winnebago County, Belvidere, Carroll County and Freeport monitored the collection process and provided security for the controlled substances.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us to expand this very important environmental effort,” Gummow said. “We depend on the financial support of our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers to make our events successful.”

For more about this project or upcoming KNIB events, visit www.knib.org or call (815) 637-1343.

From the July 4-10, 2012, issue

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