POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH SHERIFF’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK PROGRAM TO ASSIST RESIDENTS WITH SAFE DISPOSAL OF UNUSED, EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
September 11, 2017-The Sheriff s Prescription Drug Take Back Program is pleased to partner with our police department by providing a permanent collection box for use by village residents to anonymously dispose of used and outdate prescription drugs. The Sheriff s Program also destroys these materials free of charge.
The prescription drug take-back program began in2012 when the Cook County Sheriff s Office, incollaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), promoted the importance of proper disposal of unwanted or expired prescription drugs. It began with a directive from Sheriff Dart to post collection boxes at each circuit courthouse and County Building, enabling residents to more conveoiently and anonymously dispose of their medications while facilitating the proper control and disposal of unused prescription drugs.
Through sponsorship oflocal pharmaceutical take-back events, this directive expanded.into the Sheriff s Prescription Drug Take Back Program, expanding into nearby towns, villages·and Chicago Wards. InJuly, 2016 the Sheriff s Office partnered with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
InJanuary 2017, the Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance went into effect, establishing the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program as the lead law enforcement agency inCook County to manage collection and disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs. The program focuses on both public and private entities.
On average, there is a prescription drop-off site per every twenty square miles of Cook County. With so many accessible locations, the Sheriff’s Office makes it extrmely easy to act as a responsible cit.izen and ensure that a product that can potentially be a danger to others is properly disposed of. A map and complete list and address of drop-off locations are available under the Quick Links of the Cook County Sheriff s Office Website (www.cookcountysheriff.org) under the “Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs” .link. The site includes a program description inseven different languages.
Reasons to safely dispose of unwanted/expired drugs
- Detrimental Health Effects
- When taken without a prescription or medical supervision, pharmaceutical drugs have the potential to be as dangerous as street drugs.
- The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs obtain them from family, friends and the medicine cabinet.
- Unknowingly supplying illegal drug sales
- Prescription drugs that are thrown in the trash can be retrieved by others for either personal use or lucrative gains.
- For more information, contact the Sheriff s Prescription Drug Take Back Program at 1-84-GOT DDS RX? (1-844- 688-7379), your local police department, or go to www.cookcountysheriff.org to learn more about this free program.