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‘National Medication Take-Back Initiative’ set for Saturday

Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 11:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 11:35 p.m. CST

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

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

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses because of these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

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 (IV) 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 them into 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.

• Harvard Police Department, 201 W. Front 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

• Lakewood Police Department, 2500 Lake Ave.

• Marengo Police Department, 142 E. Prairie St.

• McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, 4300 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake

• McHenry Police Department, 333 S. Green St.

• Spring Grove Police Department, 7401 Meyer Road

• Woodstock Police Department, 656 Lake Ave.

To find collection sites, visit the DEA’s webpage at   

Check often as new sites will be added or contact your local police department.

Additional information is available from participating local law enforcement agencies, on the health department webpage at (Environmental Health) or by calling Kristy Hecke, the health department’s solid waste manager at 815-334-4585.

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