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Elmhurst Police Department to host prescription drug take-back day

Elmhurst police officers will collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction Oct. 28 in the west parking lot of the Elmhurst Police Department.
Elmhurst police officers will collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction Oct. 28 in the west parking lot of the Elmhurst Police Department.

ELMHURST – Elmhurst police officers will collect expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for safe destruction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in the west parking lot of the Elmhurst Police Department, 125 E. First St.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse, according to an Elmhurst Police Department news release.

The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America, and the majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends, the release stated. Unused drugs that are flushed into toilets or thrown into the garbage also are environmental hazards, as they contaminate the water supply, according to the release.

No questions will be asked of people who drop off prescriptions, the release stated.

Dropoffs also can be made at any time to the prescription drug collection box in the Police Department lobby. For more information, contact Sgt. Brett Kaczorowski at 630-530-3050.

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