Get Rid of Unused Prescriptions Saturday

The press release below from the McHenry County Department of Public Health lists where you can turn in unused prescription drugs this Saturday.

You may remember that Democratic Party Coroner candidate David Bachmann surfaced the idea in Ocbober, 2007, in his unsuccessful campaign against incumbent Republican Marlene Lantz.

Soon after an article popped up about the DEA’s holding such an event in New Jersey.

Now it is a regular practice in McHenry County and throughout the country.
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day September 27

Promotes safe disposal of medications

Woodstock Ill. — McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) encourages residents to take advantage of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) program “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative” on Saturday, September 27. The one-day event is from 10am-2pm at participating law enforcement sites.

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 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 empty plastic bottles before tossing into weekly curbside recycling containers. Fourteen (14) participating drop-off sites include –

• Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive–Algonquin
• Bull Valley Police Department, 1904 Cherry Valley Road–Woodstock
• Cary Police Department, 654 Village Hall Drive–Cary
• Crystal Lake Police Department, 100 West Woodstock Street–Crystal Lake
• Huntley Police Department, 10911 Main Street–Huntley
• Johnsburg Police Department, 3611 North Chapel Hill Road–Johnsburg
• Lake in the Hills Police Department, 1115 Crystal Lake Road–Lake in the Hills
• Lakemoor Police Department, 27901 West Concrete Drive–Ingleside
• Lakewood Police Department, 2500 Lake Avenue–Lakewood
• Marengo Police Department, 142 East Prairie Street–Marengo
• McHenry Police Department, 333 South Green Street–McHenry
• McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Wonder Lake FPD, 4300 E. Wonder Lake Rd–Wonder Lake
• 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 Check often as new sites will be added daily or contact your local police department. Additional information is available.

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This story might also be of interest (click on its title):

Dave Bachmann Tells How His Excess Prescription Drug Collection Idea Got Noticed by the DEA and How Jack Franks Dropped the Ball

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