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Dispose safely of unwanted medications

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:46 a.m. CDT

DeKALB - The DeKalb Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

This event will provide an opportunity for the residents of DeKalb to safely dispose of unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs that may be accumulating in their homes. Removing these medications from your home helps to prevent prescription drug abuse and also helps maintain clean waterways that can become contaminated due to improper disposal methods, such as the flushing of unwanted pills.

A collection site will be set up in the parking lot of the DeKalb Police Department, 700 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. A representative will wait outside to assist people as they drive up. In case of inclement weather, the drop off will be inside the police department at the main lobby.

Nationwide, this program has removed more than 1.5 million pounds of medication from circulation since its inception. The program is free and completely anonymous. Members of the DeKalb Police Department see this event as an important service to the community and invite everyone to take this opportunity to clear your homes of expired, unwanted medication. No liquid medications or syringes/sharps will be accepted.

This year’s take-back event coincides with the police department’s open house. Stop in, visit with officers, take a tour and enjoy the building. Call Community Relations Officer Chad McNett at 815-748-8439 for more information.

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