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Safely dispose of unused or unwanted medications

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 11:04 p.m. CDT

NEW LENOX – In an effort to help keep the community safe and prevent prescription drug overdose, the New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition, in partnership with the New Lenox Police Department, asks area residents to safely dispose of their unwanted or unused medications.

Safe disposal is important for a number of reasons. Flushing medication down the toilet has environmental repercussions as it can poison the local water stream or septic field. Similarly, throwing medications in the trash allows the opportunity for children or pets to accidentally consume them, or end up in land fill ground water.

Medications can be disposed of at the Unwanted Medication Disposal Container, located at the New Lenox Police Department, 701 W Haven Ave, New Lenox, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Acceptable items include pills, salves and liquid medications in original containers or non-leaking containers. Unacceptable items include sharps, needles, IV bags, thermometers, and medical waste.

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