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Walgreens begins medication-disposal kiosk program in Illinois

Walgreens this week launched its safe medication-disposal kiosk program in Illinois with the installation of drug take-back kiosks at 45 drugstores in Illinois.

The stores in Metro East include:
– Belleville – 5890 N. Belt West
– Collinsville – 401 Beltline Road

The launch is part of Walgreens effort, announced in February, to install medication-disposal kiosks at more than 500 of its drugstores around the country.

The kiosks provide a safe and convenient way year-round to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications at no cost.

“By making safe medication disposal kiosks available in select Illinois stores and expanding to other states this year, Walgreens is taking an important first step to help reduce the misuse of medications throughout the country,” said Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. “We are committed to doing our part in not only our home state, but other states as well, and being part of a comprehensive solution to reverse this epidemic.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks are currently available in more than 300 Walgreens pharmacies across 24 states. The kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most kiosk locations) and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Installation has begun in the state and is expected to be complete in August.

Other select Illinois Walgreens with the kiosks:

Aurora – 1221 N. Lake St.
Berwyn – 7113 Cermak Road
Bloomington – 1525 N. Veterans Parkway
Buffalo Grove – 15 North Buffalo Grove Road
Calumet City – 522 Torrence Ave.
Carbondale – 206 S. Wall St.
Champaign – 1713 W. Springfield Ave.
Chicago – 1931 W. Cermak Ave.; 3405 S. King Drive; 8628 S. Cottage Grove Ave.; 4010 W. Lawrence Ave.; 4343 N. Central Ave.; 6016 W. 63rd St.; 5600 W. Fullerton Ave.; 1633 W. 95th St.; 2001 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 641 N. Clark St.; 3201 N. Broadway St.; 5625 N. Ridge Ave.; 111 S. Halsted St.
Decatur – 1311 N. Illinois Route 48
Deerfield – 780 Waukegan Road
Downers Grove – 1000 Ogden Ave.
Elgin – 1700 Larkin Ave.
Glen Ellyn – 324 Roosevelt Road
Hanover Park – 7350 Barrington Road
Joliet – 1801 Ingalls Ave.
McHenry – 3925 W. Elm St.
Montgomery – 1799 Douglas Road
Mount Prospect – 1028 S. Elmhurst Road
Naperville – 63 W. 87th St.
New Lenox – 466 Nelson Road
Niles – 9000 N. Greenwood Ave.
Olympia Fields – 20950 Governors Hwy.
Orland Park – 14680 S. La Grange Road
Pekin – 2020 Court St.
Peru – 1033 Shooting Park Road
Rockford – 2323 Charles St.
Roscoe – 5065 Hononegah Road
Springfield – 2020 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Sycamore – 1340 Dekalb Ave.
Villa Park – 200 E. Roosevelt Road
Waukegan – 1811 Belvidere Road

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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