National Prescription Drug
Take Back Day
Saturday, October 28
The Palatine Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are hosting a 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day' on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Palatine Police Headquarters located at 595 N. Hicks Rd.
Bring your pills and patches to our drop-off location. This service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.
To ensure a quick and safe transaction, please do the following:
- Place all medication in a clear sealed ziplock bag(s).
- Syringes will be accepted by the Palatine Police Department at this event. Syringes must be capped and packaged separately from the medication.
- Liquids will not be accepted.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety health issue. Medicines stored in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and even abuse. The rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdose due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing unused medicine, such as flushing down the toilet and throwing away in the trash, pose potential safety and health issues.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the National Take Back Day event, visit the DEA website or call the Palatine Police Department at (847) 359-9000.