Elmhurst police to collect unwanted prescription drugs

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 5:26 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Police Department will be collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction Saturday.

The Prescription Drug Take Back Day is part of a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

Unused drugs that are flushed down toilets or thrown in the garbage are environmental hazards that contaminate the water supply.

In April, Elmhurst police collected 600 pounds of medications during Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, officers will be available to collect prescription drugs, no questions asked, in the west parking lot of the police department, 125 E. First St.

For more information, visit www.DEA.gov or call Sgt. Micheal McLean at 630-530-3050.

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