Local police and sheriffs holding Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Staff Report

Local police and sheriff’s departments will be holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on September 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The collection events will take place at the Forreston, Mt. Morris, Polo and Rochelle Police Departments and in Oregon at 504 W. Washington Street (empty lot west of Post Office on IL Route 64). The Oregon event will be coordinated by the Oregon Police Department and the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department.

These law enforcement departments are working with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), Project LEAD (Leaders Encouraging Abstinence from Drugs), and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Take Back Day being held throughout the country. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. In Lee County, the Dixon, Amboy and Franklin Grove Police Departments will be participating.

Waste medicine will be accepted from residential households only. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and pet medications will be accepted.

Residents should remove pills from bottles and place them into zip plastic bags. Liquid medications, ointments and creams should be placed in separate bags to prevent spills. Remove prescription labels or black out any personal information on pill bottles and recycle them with your local recycling program.

Items which are not accepted in this program are hypodermic needles (sharps), thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and medicine from businesses or clinics.

Disposal of waste medications down the drain, toilet or in the trash is undesirable because of the potential for environmental, public health or groundwater problems.

Prescription drug abuse is also a growing problem in this nation, especially among teens. This program provides convenient and safe disposal options to reduce the risk of medicine being misused.

Although the Take Back Day is a one day event, the drop-offs are also available year round at any of these police departments: Byron, Forreston, Mt. Morris, Oregon, Polo and Rochelle during business hours. In addition, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department has a drop box outside of their new building on First Street in Oregon, which is available 24 hours per day, every day.

The Ogle County Waste Medicine Disposal Program is a cooperative effort between local law enforcement agencies and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department to provide safe and convenient drop-off sites for unwanted, unused or expired medicine.

For more information, contact your local police department, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, or the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020.

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