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Posted on: September 26, 2019
[ARCHIVED] Drug Take-Back Day Events at Police Department and Mariano’s on Oct. 26
Date Issued: September 26, 2019
On Saturday, October 26, the Westmont Police Department will host two drug take-back events as part of the National DEA-sponsored Drug Take-Back Day. In partnership with Westmont Pharmacy volunteers, and Mariano’s the events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westmont Police Department on 500 N. Cass Avenue, and Mariano’s in Westmont at 150 W. 63rd Street.
Drug take-back programs focus on collecting unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs. Pills, powders, and patches will be accepted at both locations, however, needles will ONLY be accepted at the Westmont Police Department collection site. All needles must be secured in a Sharps container. Members of the Westmont Police Department will be on-site to receive all medications delivered and will ensure safe disposal of these drugs.
The program will NOT accept radioactive medicines, liquids, creams, inhalers, or EpiPens. To learn about how to safely dispose of medicines not accepted at the event, the DuPage County Health Department has helpful resources available at dupagehealth.org/rxbox.
“This program offers citizens an excellent opportunity to get rid of unused and unwanted drugs in an environmentally-safe manner,” said Westmont Deputy Police Chief Stephen Thompson. “Drug Take-back Day helps with reducing the possibility of substance abuse as well as preventing potentially dangerous drugs from entering the freshwater supply. Just like last year, we will have pharmacists at both drug take-back locations to assist residents with any medication-related questions they may have. We want to thank Westmont Pharmacy and Mariano’s for partnering with us.”
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 54 percent of those who misused prescription drugs obtained them from a friend or relative. The Geisinger Center for Health Research found that only about 11 percent of unused medication is disposed of properly. Further, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends the need for improved consumer access to convenient and year-round drug take-back opportunities to reduce the amount of unused medications available for misuse.
For more information regarding Westmont’s participation in this program, contact Deputy Chief Stephen Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-981-6371.
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont