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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

Illinois American Water is encouraging customers to participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

nationaldrugtakebackday2018Residents are encouraged to drop off their unwanted medications at approved collection sites so they can be incinerated, which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended approach for pharmaceutical disposal. Flushing medications down the toilet and throwing them in the trash are discouraged.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection sites can be located by visiting here.

“This event is a great opportunity for residents to securely drop off any unused or expired medications,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water president. “It’s important for us to keep these items out of our landfills and water supplies as well as the hands of those who may misuse or abuse them.”

Hauk added, “We encourage those who cannot participate during this DEA event to continue to use their community pharmaceutical disposal programs to properly dispose of their unwanted medications. Through all of these efforts we can protect not only our water but our community as a whole.”

Through partnership and collaboration with local pharmacies, environmental stewards, police departments and government officials, Illinois American Water has helped to implement permanent pharmaceutical disposal programs across the state. These programs are located in Alton, Bartonville, Belleville (two sites), Caseyville, Champaign (three sites), Chillicothe, Collinsville, Columbia, Dixon, East Alton, Edwardsville, Fairmont, Freeburg, Glen Carbon, Madison, Maryville, Mount Carroll, Mount Vernon, O’Fallon, Orland Hills, Pekin, Peoria (three sites), Peoria Heights, Pontiac, Red Bud, South Beloit, Sterling, Streator, Urbana (two sites) and Waterloo.

The pharmaceutical disposal programs were created through a model developed by Pontiac Township High School students and their teacher Paul Ritter. The program, P2D2, has been recognized as a model for all pharmaceutical disposal programs. Through P2D2’s efforts, millions of pounds of unwanted medications have been collected and disposed of properly. To learn more about P2D2 visit

 HSHS Southern Illinois Hospitals also participating

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese, Holy Family Hospital in Greenville and St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland remind community members that

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 27.

Community members can drop off unused or expired prescription drugs at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in Carlyle and at the following local police departments: Greenville, Highland, New Baden and Trenton. It is requested that only pill-form drugs be dropped off. Liquids, needles and asthma inhaler devices will not be accepted. In addition to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, drop-off bins are easily accessible at these locations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Between 10 a.m. and noon on Oct. 27, a pharmacist will be on hand at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in Carlyle to discuss prescription medicine use and safe disposal.  This event is sponsored by the Communities that Care Coalition organized by Hoyleton Youth and Family Services.

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