Law enforcement holds Drug Take Back Day

Staff Report

On Saturday, April 30, local police and sheriff’s departments will be holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The collections will take place at the Forreston, Mt. Morris, Polo, and Rochelle Police Departments, and in Oregon at 501 W. Washington Street, across from the Post Office on IL Route 64. The Oregon collection will be coordinated by the Oregon Police Department and Ogle County Sheriff’s Department.

Law enforcement is working with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Project LEAD (Leaders Encouraging Abstinence from Drugs), and the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department to participate in the Drug Enforce Administration National Prescription Take Back Day which is being held throughout the country. This event provides a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential of medication abuse. Disposal of prescriptions through programs such as this are a safe option to reduce the risk of medicine being misused.

Medicine will be accepted from residential households only. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and pet medications will be accepted. Pills should be removed from bottles and placed in zip plastic bags. Liquid medications, ointments and creams should be placed in separate bags to prevent spills. Labels from pill bottles should be removed or have any personal information blacked out and can then be recycled through local recycling programs.

The following items will not be accepted at these events: hypodermic needles (sharps), thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, and medicine from businesses or clinics.

Prescription disposal through these programs is recommended due to the potential for environmental, public health, or groundwater programs if disposed of in the trash, or down the train or toilet.

For those who can’t attend this event, drop-offs are also available year round during business hours at the following police departments: Byron, Forreston, Mt. Morris, Oregon, Polo, and Rochelle. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department also has a drop box outside of their new building on First Street in Oregon which is available 24 hours a day.

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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