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Sept. 27: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DEA provides a unified opportunity for the public to surrender unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs and/or other medications to law enforcement partners for destruction. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites – liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

Click here for a copy of the most current list of disposal location sites. You can also check with your police department or check daily by going online to the DEA’s web site http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s national unwanted medicine “Take-Back” initiative on September 27th and will be collecting unwanted medications at three MWRD facilities:

Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, 6001 W. Pershing Road, Cicero O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant (formerly North Side), 3500 Howard Street, Skokie Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, 400 East 130th Street, Chicago (Enter North on Ellis Ave. at 130th St. because of plant construction)

These one day events are a responsible, environmentally-friendly way for your residents to dispose of unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs in a safe and secure manner.

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