DEA Drug Take Back Program Reaches McHenry County

David Bachmann

The first I heard of some public entity wanting to collect unused drugs was in David Bachmann’s unsuccessful campaign for McHenry County Coroner.

That was on October 21, 2007, when Bachmann was introducing what he wanted to do, if elected to replace Republican incumbent Marlene Lantz.

Then, this January, I saw that the Drug Enforcement Administration was doing essentially what Bachmann proposed, but on a broader scale, and getting a lot of publicity for its efforts.

Now Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore brings to my attention the Huntley Police Department’s Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

It’s a good idea not to have drugs being flushed down the toilet into Downstream water sources.

So, mark the calendar if you are in the Huntley, western Lake in the Hills area.

And drop your unneeded drugs off at the Huntley Police Department 10-2.


DEA Drug Take Back Program Reaches McHenry County — 9 Comments

  1. With out a doubt Bachmann deserves credit for how he tried to advance this idea.

  2. Thank you.

    Today’s decision by many McHenry County Law Enforcement Entities to help safely ‘Dispose’ of these dangerous medications, is an outstanding moment for all ‘In Home’ health care workers, and, for our school system.

    I’ve always believed that the ‘Hospice’ workers needed protection from any possible claims of wrong doing as it may relate to narcotic pain medication disposal and the like.

    I’ve strongly believed that our children should not have clear access to these medications which are visibly showing up within the walls of our schools.

    I am a chronic pain suffer myself due to many, many surgeries. Although I carefully and faithfully remain under the care of professional ‘Pain Management’ medical teams, I constantly tell my children that narcotic pain medications have no place outside the direct supervision of licensed physicians who specialize in ‘Pain Management’ Medical Care.

    To be sure, when properly utilized, these medications are a blessing and help those who might otherwise be bedridden for life, find comfort from debilitating pain. I am such a blessed person.

    What I have never spoken about prior to this moment, is that I had in fact, taken the Video that can be found on YouTube, that was made during my campaign, and sent it to Federal Authorities.

    I also met an “Author” named Alan Jacobson who has been most helpful in my own quest to publish my first book. Alan has direct connections to the DEA and FBI powers that be. You can see why by visiting Alan’s web site,

    From there, things grew and grew. First in Newark, NJ, then on and on.

    Now, finally home to McHenry County.

    The most interesting part of my journey regarding this important program, was that I literally dropped it upon the lap of Democratic State Representative Jack Franks. My emails to Jack Franks office affirm my assertion.

    Additionally, I have email correspondence from Jack Franks office stating that NEVER BEFORE, is Illinois Legislative history, has ANYBODY introduced such a bill before. I thought from that email, Jack would have taken the many, many hours of time I gave to his office explaining the details of such a program.

    Sadly, it never happened. This program well could have become Illinois Law some time ago and McHenry County could have been the first in the entire nation to adopt such a “Bill” and impliment such a vital program.

    I’ve learned many things through this political process.

    First, is that I do not like politics.

    When I depended upon a State Representative to help me, I got nowhere.

    I sought the help of people I’d had never met before who had no Political advantage in helping me, and we see what has come full circle.

    Thank you to all in McHenry County Law Enforcement who are working hard and putting in extra duty to protect our kids and our health care workers!

    “Sometimes,” just “Sometimes,” a guy with a big mouth wins. Today is a victory for “We, The People!”

  3. Quickly, then I will be still………

    I want to thank McHenry County Coroner Marlene Lantz. I know Coroner Lantz has been dedicated to this cause and I’m certain she has been working hard with the home health care workers she and her staff work so closely with each and everyday.

    It takes a team to get things done. Sometimes ‘teams’ stand on opposite sides of the field. We all seek “Victory!”

    Thanks Coroner Lantz for your dedication and service on this “Mission.”

  4. Good job Dave Bachman. While I am a loyal Republican and voted for Lantz, I remember you pushing this idea in your campaign. Like Cal, this was the first that I had ever heard of this program. Amazing that others never thought of this before. Beyond the child home safety issue, about a year ago, the national news reported that unusual levels of perscription drugs were showing up in our water supply because water treatment does not filter these drugs. Good to know that Marlene Lantz and local police have picked up the torch you carried. Hopefully, proper unuused drug disposal spreads to all police agenices all the time. We must be good stewards of our natuaral resources and cannot afford to compromiseour water supply.

  5. Also, Dave Bachman, an Illinois state law is a no-brainer. I cannot believe that Jack Franks didn’t jump on board. The public benefit is immense. Police/fire agencies/pharmacies/hospitals should be required to accumulate unused prescription drugs at all times. This cost is minimal to provide a secure area/closet/vault to store thes drugs. Yes, there would be a collection and incineration cost, but that is minimal compared to the child safety and environmental impact.

    Dave, this is an important issue. I hope you, Marlene and others keep working on it. People were skeptical of green recycling and said it was cost prohibitive and impractical. Now, it is an accepted and profitable part of our economy with much less trash going to landfills. We need to do the same with these drugs. Make some lemonade from lemons.

    Thanks Cal for highlighting it. I do not always agree with your spin, but always come back for more at your blog because you share good info. that is never in the mainstream media.

  6. Thank you for your kind words E.F.

    As I explained in detail to Jack Franks office via email, the best ‘final disposition’ for lack of a better term, for these medications is via “Cremation.”

    The Cremation ‘retort’ has preburners, then, burners that would vaporize such medications in all forms at over 2,000 degrees, then an after burner system.

    There would be nothing whatsoever discharged into our air or environment.

    Cremation is the purist form and cleanest form of final disposition for human remains due to the intense heat and the way the cremation ‘retorts’ operate with the after burners.

    I explained to Mr. Franks that McHenry County now has a few funeral homes who own their own ‘retorts’ on local funeral home premises.

    The Funeral Homes could be put on a monthly ‘rotating’ basis to perform the service each month, thus, keeping the ‘funds’ within our county and supporting our local economy and businesses.

    Perhaps Coroner Lantz can spear head a county wide program alongside local law enforcement officials to make this a reality.

    It’s a win, win at a very minimal cost to the county with a great return on issues reflect-ant upon our environment, our health care workers and our kids!

    Thanks again and best of luck.

  7. Pretty simple, didn’t think of funereal homes already having capability.

    While I normally hate unfunded mandates, this is just a no brainer at a very low cost with great results.

    Dispose of dangerous drugs while throwing some “live” business to funereal homes.

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