Illinois American Water encourages customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.
The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Participating collection sites can be located by visiting deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water president. “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.
“We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications,” Hauk said. “Through all of these efforts we can protect not only our water but our community as a whole.”
Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, environmental stewards, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has helped implement 37 permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs across the state. These programs are located in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville, Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chicago, Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton, Edwardsville, Fairmont, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Morrison, Mount Carroll, Mount Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, Red Bud, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo. To find a permanent collection program in Illinois, visit epa.illinois.gov/services-locator/.
The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model developed by Pontiac High School Township students and their teacher Paul Ritter. The program, P2D2, has been recognized as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, millions of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly. To learn more about P2D2, visit p2d2program.org.
Edwardsville take-back event
State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Coroner Steve Nonn and Sheriff John Lakin are encouraging Madison County residents to bring their expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications to Edwardsville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
As part of Gibbons’ ongoing participation in the Lock Your Meds public outreach campaign, he is once more co-sponsoring a prescription drug collection site for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the County Administration Building with Nonn and Lakin. There will be free prescription lock bags to the first 25 individuals who bring their medications to the site on the parking lot on Second Street behind the County Administration Building, 157 N. Main St.
In 10 previous Take-Back events (2010-2015), more than 5.5 million pounds of pills (2,750 tons) have been collected nationwide. Many local police departments in Madison County, including the Sheriff’s Department, have permanent drop-off sites available for residents. A list of these sites can be found at http://ht.ly/4mUorI.
For information, visit madco-sa.org. More information can be found at deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.