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Drug Take Back Days

April 26, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

| Free

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to one of four Chicagoland locations for safe disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

  • O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard Street, Skokie
  • Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, 400 East 130th Street, Chicago
  • Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, 6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero
  • Egan Water Reclamation Plant, 550 S. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local agencies and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Organizer

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Website:
www.mwrd.org