Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blue Island Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On April 30th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm the Blue Island Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public it’s 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to 13031 Greenwood Ave, Blue Island, IL 60406. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds- more than 2,750 tons of pills

Proper disposal of unwanted or expired medicine is good for the environment.  When flushed, these drugs can end up contaminating our streams and lakes. In additional to the environmental benefits, proper disposal of unwanted drugs is important to insure the drugs are not used improperly or illegally. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and leads to accidental poisoning or abuse.