October 26, 2013, is Drug Take-Back Day.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors this effort at many locations
throughout the metropolitan area, including at the Skokie Police Headquarters,
7300 Niles Center Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to Drug Take-Back Day, the Village of Skokie offers an expanded Drug Collection/Disposal program to prevent prescription drug abuse and help the environment. There is a white drop-off box in the lobby of the Skokie Police Department, 7300 Niles Center Road, for residents to dispose unwanted, unused and expired medication at anytime. This location offers 24-hour secure monitoring, collection and delivery to medical waste facilities in accordance with federal regulations. This site also accepts narcotics and other controlled substances. Since the Drug Collection Box program began in August 2012, a total of 1,073.75 pounds of expired/unwanted medication and controlled substances have been collected.
Drugs for disposal include prescription medications, controlled substances, all over-the-counter medications (i.e. pain relievers, cold medication, etc.), medication samples, pet medications, vitamins and supplements, medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils, liquid medication in leak-proof containers and homeopathic remedies.
This program does not accept needles/sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers and hydrogen peroxide.
Please visit the DEA’s website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback for more information about the Drug Take-Back Day program and drop off locations. For more information on the Skokie Drug Collection and Disposal Program, please contact the Skokie Health Department at 847/933-8252.