Safely dispose of prescription drugs at October 29 Northwestern Medicine events – Shaw Local
DeKALB – The Northwestern Medicine Health System is organizing a way for residents of DeKalb and Sandwich to safely dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 29.
According to a news release, unused or expired prescription drugs are a public safety issue that could lead to accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose.
Northwestern Medicine will participate in National Prescription Drug Pickup Day by hosting multiple collection sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29.
Community members can safely dispose of their unused medications at the following points of service:
- Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Medical Records Building (one driveway south of the main hospital), 2731 Sycamore Road, DeKalb
- Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital, 1302 N. Main St., Sandwich
“Studies show that many people who use opioids are first exposed to prescription drugs in the homes of family members or friends,” said Sterling Elliott, clinical pharmacist at Northwestern Medicine and assistant professor of orthopedics. at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Release. “National Drug Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused opioids and other prescription medications. If you throw unused medicines in the trash, they can be collected and used or sold illegally. If you rinse them, they can contaminate the water supply.
Sharp and liquid objects will not be accepted. The event is for community members, not commercial organizations.
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 Recovery Day is only possible with our many law enforcement partners and community-minded healthcare providers like Northwestern Medicine” , Robert J. Bell, special agent in charge of the Chicago DEA division, said in a press release. “The large amounts of unwanted prescription drugs collected on Recovery Day reflect our shared commitment to the safety and health of the people we serve.”
Find information on safe storage and disposal of medications at nm.org/safemeddisposal.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.