On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is taking back unwanted prescription drugs. Each year, the Sheriff’s Office partners with the DEA on the national ‘Drug Take Back’ program which encourages the public to prevent substance abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free, anonymous, and offered at the following three locations:
Rosalind Franklin University medical students will be on hand at all three locations to provide blood pressure screenings.
Last year, Lake County’s law enforcement agencies collected over 13,000 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines - a whopping 21% increase over the 2016 total.
The Lake County Sheriff's Office reminds the public, 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. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and several local law enforcement agencies also participate in the Save-A-Star prescription drug disposal box program. A disposal box is located at the Sheriff’s Administration, 25 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan.