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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Drug Take Back Program A Big Success

Westmont, Illinois – Date Issued: October 31, 2023

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On October 28, the Westmont Police Department coordinated their participation in the semi-annual DEA National Drug Take Back Day event in Westmont. Westmont had two locations for the collection event.  With the assistance of Mariano’s pharmacy staff and students from Midwestern University, the event collected over 375 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs. The goal of the program is to collect unused drugs so that they can be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner as well as prevent prescription drug misuse.

YEAR-ROUND MEDICATION DROP-OFF PROGRAM

In case you missed the annual Drug Take Back event, the Village of Westmont coordinates a year-round unwanted prescription drug collection program.  Citizens are encouraged to drop off their unwanted and unused prescription drugs in drop boxes located in lobbies of the Westmont Police Department at 500 N. Cass Avenue, and the Westmont Fire Department at 6015 S. Cass Avenue. Citizens have access to the drop boxes during regular Police and Fire Department office hours when the lobby is open, typically Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  These dropboxes are a convenient and accessible way for citizens to dispose of unwanted medications that might otherwise be misused or end up in our waterways or landfills.

Disposing Instructions

  • Bring household medication including over-the-counter, prescription medications, inhalers, ointments, and liquid medications that are expired or no longer wanted
  • If you plan to recycle the original container/packaging, remove any personal information on the label to reduce concerns about personal identification information
  • Deposit your medications in the prescription medication deposit box
  • NOTE - Do NOT dispose of medication in the collection container for “sharps”

Items Not Accepted

Please note, this program is limited to over-the-counter and prescription drugs only; other items should not be deposited for collection.  The following items are NOT accepted in the dropbox:

  • NO THERMOMETERS OR DEVICES
  • NO PILL ORGANIZERS
  • NO HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS/VITAMINS
  • NO LANCETS OR TESTING STRIPS
  • NO PEN INJECTORS
  • NO COSMETICS
  • NO SHAMPOO/SHAVING CREAM
  • NO PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS
  • NO BATTERIES
  • NO ILLICIT-DRUGS
  • NO RADIOACTIVE DRUGS
  • NO HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL WASTE
  • NO MEDICAL WASTE
  • NO SHARPS, NEEDLES, EPI PENS - However, there is a Sharps Disposal Kiosk in the Police-Fire facility lobby at 500 N. Cass Avenue - Check out our Westmont Police Department FAQ for more information regarding sharps disposal

For additional information, contact the Westmont Police Department at 630-981-6300.


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