April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
On Saturday, April 28th, the Elk Grove Village Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold a national prescription drug take-back event. You can drop off any expired or unwanted prescription pills and patches for disposal in the front lobby of the Elk Grove Village Police Department. Please note that we will not accept any liquids, needles, or sharps. This service will free of charge and anonymous with no questions asked.
Elk Grove Village Police Department
901 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL
Saturday, April 28, 2018
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides this program to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue as 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 by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash are both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Last October Americans turned in 456 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, the previous take-back events have taken in over 9 million pounds and more than 4,500 tons of pills. As an organization committed to the preservation of life and public safety, we urge everyone that has expired or unwanted prescription pills or patches to participate in this event.