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Police encourage residents to get rid of unused prescription drugs

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Lake in the Hills Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

A collection event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the Lake in the Hills Police Department, 1115 Crystal Lake Road.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

In addition, Americans are advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.

For information on the collection event, call the Lake in the Hills Police Department at 847-658-5676.

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