Northwestern Medicine will host two area collection sites for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, where unused medications can be safely thrown away.
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital will participate in the event at the the hospital's medical records parking lot, 2731 Sycamore Rd., South of the main hospital. Community members also can take their unused medications to Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital,1302 N. Main St. in Sandwich. No liquids or sharp objects will be accepted.
According to a news release from Northwestern Medicine, every day, 130 Americans die from opioid overdose.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, with an estimated 16.7 million people using prescription drugs for a non-medical purposes in the past year. Of the non-medical users, about 70% obtained their pills from family and friends, a phenomenon known as diversion, or the non-medical use of legally prescribed medications.
Keeping unused, excess prescription pain medication in the home leaves households vulnerable to misuse, accidents and diversion.
This is the third time Northwestern Medicine and law enforcement officials have come together to offer this community service. In October, more than 900 pounds of unused medications were collected at five Northwestern Medicine drug disposal sites.
For information about the disposal of prescription drugs or to find Take Back Day event, visit www.DEATakeBack.com.