Drug collection event planned for Saturday

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health encourages residents to take advantage of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s program “National Take-Back Initiative” on Saturday. 

The one-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating law enforcement sites. 

Residents can bring prescription and over-the-counter, solid dose (tablets, capsules) medications in clear, sealed plastic bags for disposal. Items not accepted include liquids, intravenous bags/solutions, injectables, needles, lancets and sharps. 

Prescription labels should be removed (or personal information blocked out with a permanent marker) from plastic bottles before tossing into weekly curbside recycling containers. 

To find collection sites, visit the DEA’s webpage, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.  Check often as new sites will be added daily or contact your local police department.

Additional information is available at www.mcdh.info (Environmental Health) or by calling Kristy Hecke, the health department’s solid waste manager, at 815-334-4585.