Updated: May 25, 2014 3:55PM
The public will have a chance to rid their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on National Take Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Will County sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will have a disposal receptacle available for dropping off prescriptions in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St., in downtown Joliet. No needles of any kind will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.
Other sites participating in the medication disposal effort are the Mokena Police Department, 10907 Front Street; Orland Park Police Department, 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue or 10500 Orland Parkway, and the Will County sheriff’s office, 14 W. Jefferson Street, Joliet.
Since the National Take Back Day initiative began in 2010, Americans have turned in over 3.4 million pounds of unneeded prescription drugs at 5,653 sites across the nation, according to the sheriff’s department. This initiative is operated by the DEA and is in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies.
Unwanted medications are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Additionally, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards, according to a press release.
For more information about National Take Back Day, visit www.dea.gov or call (800) 882-9539.