CL Police Department Announces Drug Take-Back Saturday

This photo was taken in Crystal Lake at a 2011 Drug Take-Back.

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

The Crystal Lake Police Department is partnering again with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event, April 28th.

On April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Crystal Lake Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another 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 the Crystal Lake Police Department parking lot at 100 W. Woodstock St.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.

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, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Crystal Lake Police and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

If you should have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at (815) 356-3620.

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Other departments taking part in the program at the same time:

  • Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive—Algonquin
  • Cary Police Department, 654 Village Hall Drive – Cary
  • Fox River Grove & Algonquin Twp Road District, 3702 Hwy 14–Crystal Lake
  • Huntley Police Department, 10911 Main Street–Huntley
  • Johnsburg Police Department, 3611 N Chapel Hill Road—Johnsburg
  • Lakewood Police Department, Village Hall, 2500 Lake Avenue—Lakewood
  • Lake in the Hills Police Department, 1115 Crystal Lake Road–Lake in the Hills
  • Marengo Police Department, 142 E Prairie Street–Marengo
  • McHenry Police Department, 333 S. Green Street – McHenry
  • Spring Grove Police Department, 7401 Meyer Road–Spring Grove
  • Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Avenue—Woodstock

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