Saturday, October 26 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) is encouraging residents of the 41st Legislative District to take advantage of the free service to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs.
“We are fortunate in Naperville and Warrenville, as these cities are proactive in offering unused prescription drug drop-off collections. The City of Naperville has permanent drop-off boxes at the Police Station and at all ten fire stations, and Warrenville has a permanent drop-off box at the Police Station,” said Wehrli. “But the October 26 national event is a good reminder that we should look through our cabinets and safely discard unused pharmaceuticals.”
Wehrli noted that Naperville fire station drop-off boxes are accessible 24 hours a day, and the box at the Naperville Police Station is accessible during business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM, and on Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The collection box at the Warrenville Police Station is accessible from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM Monday through Friday and from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturdays.
According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, in 2018, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, and the majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from home medicine cabinets. The National Prescription Drug Take Back program takes place twice each year, and on the April 2019 collection day the DEA reported the collection and safe disposal of 937,443 pounds of prescription medication gathered from 6,258 collection sites across the country.
Other drop-off locations throughout the suburbs and state can be found by visiting takebackday.dea.gov.”