The Will County Sheriff’s Office is ready to receive those unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications that residents no longer want or need. Sponsored by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit was installed last week in the lobby of the Will County Sheriff’s Public Safety Complex, located at 16911 W. Laraway Road in Joliet.
This program is an effort to provide residents with a convenient way to dispose of medications safely and non-hazardous. Several studies in the United States have found that many pharmaceuticals survive through our water treatment facilities and remain in our drinking water. Flushing or throwing medications in the garbage is no longer advised and strongly discouraged.
Who can participate? Any Will County resident. Who cannot participate? Nursing homes, clinics, doctors’ offices, or other businesses, which distribute medications.
Accepted types of medications include pills, salves, gels, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, vitamins, and liquids in original containers.
Not-Accepted types of medications include needles, aerosols, inhalers, IV bags, and any type of liquid with a leaking container.
Please take the time to properly dispose of your old medications!
Lobby hours are from 8am to 4pm – Monday thru Friday. -end-