In an effort to bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse, public health and safety agencies are hosting a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28.
North Central Behavioral Health Systems and the Illinois Department of Human Services Substance Abuse Prevention Program are hosting the event in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Unused drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal consumption and pose an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA's Take-Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
The following drug take back locations are places in La Salle County that individuals can safely discard left over prescription drugs instead of keeping them in the home. These locations can accept left over prescription drugs at any time, not specifically limited to April 28:
La Salle County Sheriff's Office
707 E. Etna Road, Ottawa
Ottawa Police Department
301 W. Lafayette St.
815-433-2121 (lobby open 24 hours a day)
Streator Police Department
204 S. Bloomington St.
Marseilles Police Department
209 Lincoln St.
815-795-2131 (must request an officer to discard)
Peru Police Department
1503 Fourth St.
815-223-2151 (lobby open 24 hours a day)
Hy-Vee Grocery Store
1651 Midtown Road, Peru
Oglesby Police Department
128 W. Walnut St.