Surplus Prescription Drug Collection Saturday

I went up to Woodstock this week and, while stopped at the light at Lake Avenue and Route 14, say a flashing sign advertising the drug turn back program.

Police departments all over the county are doing so, but I doubt any department has better advertising that the Woodstock Police Department.

Take a look at the signs.

"National Drug Take Back Day," the sign says.

“National Drug Take Back Day,” the sign says.

Here’s the information county government has distributed in its email:

National Medication Take-Back Initiative

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) encourages residents to take advantage of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) program “National Medication Take-Back Initiative” on Saturday, October 26. The one-day event is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at participating law enforcement sites.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

"Bring Unwanted Pills," the second panel reads.

“Bring Unwanted Pills,” the second panel reads.

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 a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Residents can bring prescription and over-the-counter, solid dose (tablets, capsules) medications in clear, sealed plastic bags for disposal. Items not accepted include liquids, intravenous (IV) bags/solutions, injectables, needles, lancets and sharps. Prescription labels should be removed (or personal information blocked out with a permanent marker) from plastic bottles before tossing into curbside recycling containers. Thirteen (13) participating drop-off sites include –

Then the date and location is given:  "Oct. 26, Wdstk P

Then the date and location is given: “Oct. 26, WPD Plot, 656 Lake.”

  • Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive-Algonquin
  • Cary Police Department, 654 Village Hall Drive-Cary
  • Crystal Lake Police Department, 100 W. Woodstock Street-Crystal Lake
  • Harvard Police Department, 201 W. Front Street-Harvard
  • Huntley Police Department, 10911 Main Street-Huntley
  • Johnsburg Police Department, 3611 N. Chapel Hill Road-Johnsburg
  • Lake in the Hills Police Department, 1115 Crystal Lake Road-Lake in the Hills
  • Lakewood Police Department, 2500 Lake Avenue – Lakewood
  • Marengo Police Department, 142 E Prairie Street – Marengo
  • McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Wonder Lake FPD, 4300 E Wonder Lake Rd-Wonder Lake
  • McHenry Police Department, 333 S. Green Street-McHenry
  • Spring Grove Police Department, 7401 Meyer Road-Spring Grove
  • Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Avenue-Woodstock

To find collection sites near you, visit the DEA’s webpage by clicking here. Check often as new sites will be added daily or contact your local police department. Additional information is available from your participating local law enforcement agency, on the MCDH webpage (Environmental Health) or by calling Kristy Hecke, MCDH’s Solid Waste Manager at 815-334-4585.

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The first time this idea surfaced locally was when David Bachmann was running for County Coroner against Marlene Lantz.

A couple of years later, the DEA rolled it out nationally.

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