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DeKalb drug take-back program collects 400-plus pounds of pills

DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department’s prescription drug take-back programs have collected 445 pounds of prescription medications so far this year.

At the department’s Sept. 26 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, police collected more than 225 pounds of medication. That’s in addition to 220 pounds that have been dropped off so far this year in the collection drop-box in the lobby of the police department, according to a news release.

The programs were designed to keep medication from diversion, misuse, and abuse. Some prescription medications can be highly addictive and have been blamed for fueling an increase in heroin use.

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” the release said. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained/stolen from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.”

If you have unwanted medications to dispose of, please feel free to utilize our drop box inside the police department lobby at 700 W. Lincoln Highway.

If you have any questions about the ongoing collection program or have a large quantity of medications to drop off (more than a gallon Ziploc bag will hold) call DeKalb’s Community Relations Officer, Chad Magnet, at 815.748.8439 to make arrangements. Please be advised, liquid medications or syringes/sharps cannot be accepted.

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