KNIB holds Medication Collection

Staff Report

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful will be holding its eighth annual Medication Collection on Saturday at three locations.

Prescription, over-the-counter and veterinary medications, inhalers and mercury-filled thermometers will be accepted at each site.

Items including needles/sharps, illegal drugs and bio-hazardous materials will not be accepted.

The Winnebago County sites are Machesney Town Center, 8750 North Second Street, in Machesney Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the South Beloit Fire Department, 429 Gardner Street, from 9 a.m.-noon.

In Boone County drop-offs can be made at the Belvidere Township Building, 8200 Fairgrounds Road, from 9 a.m.-noon.

“On behalf of our partners, we want to emphasize that flushing medication is not a safe option for getting rid of unwanted drugs in your home as it contaminates the water supply,” said Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow. “When bringing items to the collection, please keep all medications in the original packaging or prescription bottles, with the product name visible,” she continued. “Your personal information can be removed or inked out; the containers will be recycled.”

The annual Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Medication Collection provides a safe option to dispose of medications as well as educates the public about proper disposal of unused medications.

“Removing old medicines from the home protects children from accidental poisoning, prevents family members from becoming addicted or spiraling into drug abuse. Death from accidental overdose now exceeds car accidents as the number one cause of death of some age groups, such as people age 35-plus,” noted Gummow.

“We applaud local governmental units who are looking for ongoing drug disposal options, such as the recently announced drop-off containers now available at the Criminal Justice Center in Rockford and the Public Safety Building in Belvidere,” Gummow continued.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful primary partners for the June 13 Medication Collection include the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Rock River Water Reclamation District. Additional partners are 23 WIFR Gray Television, Inc.; Aqua Aerobics; Belvidere Township; Boone County Soil and Water Conservation District; Greenlee, A Textron Company; Illinois American Water; Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant; Mid-West Family Broadcasting; North Park Public Water District; OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center; The Rock River Times; Rockford Health System; SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health; the City of South Beloit; University of Illinois College of Pharmacy at Rockford; Winnebago County Health and Sheriff’s Departments and other financial sponsors and volunteers.

For more information about KNIB as well as a list of upcoming events visit knib.org or call 815-637-1343.

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