If you haven’t already circled this coming Saturday, April 26, on your calendar, then you may want to do so. On that day, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to bring expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to a number of Take Back locations. Only prescription pills or patches will be accepted. No liquids or needles or sharps can be accepted during this event. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
You can learn more about the National Take-Back Initiative and find locations for drop off through the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control. The closest location for Bolingbrook residents is at the Bolingbrook Police Department. There are a number of other locations in nearby towns as well .
You may have seen an ad for this upcoming event on one of the local television stations or heard an ad on one of the radio stations. That’s how I learned about it. The event on April 26 is the eighth opportunity in three years for people to turn in their prescription medications that are not being used in their households.
Using this type of Take-Back event is a great way to safely clear out your medicine cabinets and drawers and keep potentially dangerous drugs away from situations where they could be misused.
– Tom D.