On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm the Will County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their 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.
Since the National Take Back Day initiative began in 2010, Americans have turned in over 3.4 million pounds of unneeded prescription drugs at the 5,653 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. 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 1-800-882-9539
Other sites participating in the medication disposal initiative
Bolingbrook Police Department: 375 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook
Mokena Police Department: 10907 Front Street in Mokena
Orland Park Police Department: 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue or 10500 Orland Parkway in Orland Park
Plainfield Police Department: 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive in Plainfield
Will County Sheriff’s Office: 14 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet