Prescription Drug Disposal Box Program

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office and several local police departments have prescription drug disposal boxes to take back your expired or unused prescription drugs. Unused prescription drugs that remain in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to abuse, creating a public health crisis. Dispose of your unused and expired medicine in an environmentally friendly manner.  

On September 22, 2016, Walgreens announced the installation of three medication disposal kiosks at the following Lake County locations:

  • Buffalo Grove Walgreens at 15 N Buffalo Grove Road
  • Deerfield Walgreens at 780 Waukegan Road
  • Waukegan Walgreens at 1811 Belvidere Road
Below is a list of police departments accepting unused prescription drugs. 

  • Antioch PD
  • Barrington PD
  • Buffalo Grove PD
  • Deerfield PD
  • Fox Lake PD
  • Grayslake/Hainseville PD
  • Hawthorn Woods PD
  • Highland Park PD
  • Island Lake PD
  • Lakemoor PD
  • Lake Bluff PD
  • Lake County Sheriff's Office
  • Lake Forest PD
  • Lake Zurich PD
  • Libertyville PD
  • Lincolnshire PD
  • Lindenhurst PD
  • Mundelein PD
  • North Chicago PD
  • Round Lake PD
  • Round Lake Beach PD
  • Round Lake Park PD
  • Vernon Hills PD
  • Wauconda PD
  • Waukegan PD
  • Winthrop Harbor PD
  • Zion PD
Find the nearest location of a drug collection box.

Accepted items for deposit include:
  • Prescription medications, including controlled substances
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
  • Liquid medication in leak-proof containers
  • Homeopathic remedies
Not accepted:
  • Needles/sharps
  • Syringes with needles
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products
  • Empty containers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide




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