The McHenry County Department of Health and the caregivers at Centegra Health System encourage residents to take advantage of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s program National Take-Back Initiative on Sept. 29.
The one-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating law enforcement sites.
According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, 90 percent of drug and alcohol addictions begin in the teenage years. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
Many Americans are accustomed to flushing their unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both potential safety and health hazards. The U.S. Geological Survey studies have found traces of prescription drugs that have been linked to ecological harm to fish and freshwater supplies in 30 states.
Residents can take prescription and over-the-counter, solid dose (tablets, capsules) medications in clear, sealed plastic bags for disposal at the event. Liquids, intravenous (IV) bags/solutions, injectables, needles, lancets and sharps will not be accepted.
Prescription labels should be removed (or personal information blocked out with a permanent marker) from plastic bottles before tossing into weekly curbside recycling containers.
Participating drop-off sites:
• Algonquin Police Department, 2200 Harnish Drive.
• Cary Police Department, 654 Village Hall Drive.
• Crystal Lake Police Department, 100 W. Woodstock St.
• Huntley Police Department, 10911 Main St.
• Johnsburg Police Department, 3611 N. Chapel Hill Road.
• Lake in the Hills Police Department, 1115 Crystal Lake Road.
• Marengo Police Department, 142 E Prairie St.
• McHenry Police Department, 333 S Green St.
• Spring Grove Police Department, 7401 Meyer Road.
• Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Ave.
To find other collection sites, visit the DEA’s webpage at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
Additional information is available from participating local law enforcement agencies, on the health department webpage at www.mcdh.info (Environmental Health) or by calling Kristy Hecke, the health department’s solid waste manager, at 815-334-4585.