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Rid Your Home of Unwanted Prescriptions; Drug Enforcement Administration Collection

Now is the time to get rid of old prescriptions. The Will County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting a disposal receptacle from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Will County Courthouse.

Take your old presecriptiond and dispose of them properly.

The Will County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting a drop-off for old and unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet.

The Will County Sheriff's Department offers the program as an opportunity for residents to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding  homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

A disposal receptacle will be available for drop off in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, in downtown Joliet.  No needles of any kind will be accepted.  The service is free and anonymous.

During last year's National Take Back Day, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of prescription drugs at the 5,659 sites across the nation.  This initiative is operated by the DEA and is in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies.  It addresses vital public safety and public health issues. 

"Medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse," according to a press release.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

Additionally, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, should be eliminated due to potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about National Take Back Day please visit:  www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539.

Story contributed by Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokesperson for the Will County Sheriff's Department

Jill September 28, 2012 at 06:08 PM
ALSO: Lock up All Prescrptions. If someone needs to take a daily dose of something.. get a daily pill box, count out a weeks worth and lock the bottle up. Your kids or their friends can not steal your medicine if it's locked up and if you use the daily pill box you will notice it missing.
Terrence Walker September 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Great program. Don't flush drugs as they end-up in our ground water. Don't pitch them in garbage as they will again seep into ground water. Parents: Pharm parties Parties where teens bring prescription drugs from home, mix them together into a big bowl (called 'trail mix'), and grab a handful. Not surprisingly, pharm parties are usually arranged while parents are out.
Terrence Walker September 28, 2012 at 08:54 PM
The thought process: What teens say: "I have a couple of friends with ADD who have prescriptions. One will always have an extra I can bum." "I take pills to not think about problems, school, girlfriends or anything at the time … just be in your own state of mind." "They're FDA-regulated, so they have to be a little safer than other illegal drugs." ***** prescription pain-pills are often synthetic opioids- a gateway to heroin.
Patricia September 30, 2012 at 04:36 AM
You know it!!

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