Naperville Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29
The Naperville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are encouraging the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Naperville Police Department at 1350 Aurora Avenue on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the 13th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. No needles, syringes or liquids are accepted.
Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
In addition to this one-day event, the City of Naperville maintains permanent prescription drug drop boxes that are available to the public year-round.
Every Naperville fire station has a sealed drop box located outside of the building accessible to the public 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. There is also a sealed drop box in the Naperville Police Department lobby, accessible to the public from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, excluding holidays.
For more information about the City of Naperville’s Prescription Drug Drop Box Program, including a list of drop box locations, visit www.naperville.il.us/rxdrugdropbox.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.