COOK COUNTY, IL – The Cook County Sheriff’s Office collected 1,414 pounds of pills during recent National Prescription Drug Recovery Day events, which allow residents to safely dispose of potentially harmful drugs, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.
“We need to safely get unused and unwanted prescription drugs out of homes so they don’t end up being misused or harming anyone,” Sheriff Dart said. “These events are a great way to reduce the risk of poisoning and prevent medication from falling into the wrong hands, which is so common.”
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office operates one of the largest prescription drug take-back programs in the nation, overseeing or managing 120 permanent, easily accessible drop-off locations. Since 2017, the program has collected and properly disposed of more than 155,172 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications, including 7,167 pounds so far this year.
The public can learn more about the program by calling toll-free 1-84-GOT USD RX (1-844-688-7379) or by visiting www.cookcountysheriff.org/rx/home to display an interactive map of collection locations.
On Saturday, the Bureau hosted a take-back event at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect as part of the national drug take-back initiative. The event was co-hosted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, State Senator Ann Gillespie and State Representative Mark Walker. Office take-back and recycling events were also held across the county to celebrate Prescription Drug Take-Back Day over the weekend.
“The successful collection and disposal of unneeded medications on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is not possible without the partners of DEA law enforcement agencies, including the County Sheriff’s Office of Cook,” said Robert J. Bell, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division. . “The large amounts of unwanted prescription drugs collected each year on Recovery Day reflect our shared commitment to the safety and health of our communities.”
Rep. Walker said, “Ensuring the proper recycling of prescription drugs and electronics benefits everyone by keeping our drinking water and environment safe. I am grateful to have partnered with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA on National Drug Drop-Off Day and would encourage residents to connect with our local municipalities if they need recycling services. of drugs.
Senator Gillespie said: “Events like these keep our community safe by proactively disposing of prescription drugs that may fall into the wrong hands. I am grateful to have the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA as partners in keeping drug addiction from growing in our state.