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Downers Grove police launch prescription drug disposal program for residents

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 2:01 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department is launching a new program for residents to assist them in safely disposing of old prescription medications.

Improper disposal of medications can pollute drinking water with toxic chemicals, and storing unused medications can pose other safety issues, police said.

It is estimated that each day 2,500 teenagers get high for the first time on unused drugs they find in medicine cabinets at home or at their grandparents’ home, according to police.

There are also incidents of accidental ingestion of these medications by children, the elderly or pets.

To eliminate the availability of unused prescription medications, Downers Grove residents may contact the Downers Grove Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and make an appointment to bring the drugs to the police department for disposal. Residents may also request an appointment for a crime prevention officer to come to their home to collect the medications.

The disposal method used is safe, police said, will not threaten the drinking water, and eliminates the availability of the medications in our resident’s homes.

Residents interested in participating in this program must make an appointment by contacting Crime Prevention Specialist Mary Wennerstrom at 630-434-5681 or mwennerstrom@downers.us

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