Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs on National Prescription Drug Recovery Day (Palos Heights, IL) – April 14, 2022 – Unused or expired prescription drugs are a public safety concern, leading to potential accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose. Northwestern Medicine will participate in National Prescription Drug Pickup Day by hosting eight collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Community members can safely dispose of their unused medications at point-of-care. Local drop-off will be at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights. Use North Drive and follow signs for drop off location.
“Studies show that many people who use opioids are first exposed to the drugs in the homes of family members or friends,” said Sterling Elliott, PharmD, BCMTMS, clinical pharmacist at Northwestern Medicine and assistant professor of orthopedics at the Feinberg School of Medicine. “National Drug Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused opioids and other prescription drugs. If you throw unused medicines in the trash, they can be recovered and used, or sold illegally. If you rinse them, they can contaminate the water supply.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second most common form of drug use in the United States.
“The success of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events is not possible without collaboration with law enforcement and healthcare providers like Northwestern Medicine,” said Robert J. Bell, special agent in charge of the Chicago DEA division. “The large amounts of unwanted prescription drugs collected each year on Recovery Day reflect our shared commitment to the safety and health of our communities.”
Northwestern Medicine’s eight drive-in sites are located at:
- Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights
- Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care St. Charles (east side of car park near Kirk Road), 2900 Foxfield Road, St. Charles
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, East Entrance Roundabout, 25 North Winfield Road, Winfield
- Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Medical Records Building (one driveway south of the main hospital), 2731 Sycamore Road, DeKalb
- Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, 1302 North Main St., Sandwich
- Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Medical Office Building #2 (use driveway on north side of building), 10370 Haligus Road, Huntley
- Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Bays Medical Building Entrance, 900 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest
- Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 East Superior Street, Chicago
Sharps and liquids will not be accepted, and the recovery day is intended for community members, not commercial organizations.
Find information on safe storage and disposal of medications at nm.org/safemeddisposal.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.
To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit http://news.nm.org/about-northwestern-medicine.html.
Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs on National Prescription Drug Recovery Day