New this year: Expanded drop-off sites, Rx pet medications to be accepted

PillBottle350BUNKER HILL – Residents of Macoupin and Montgomery counties will be able to dispose of unwanted medications during a drug take back event at independent pharmacy locations throughout the region on Saturday, April 28.

This is the second year for the event, which is organized by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

With opioid, heroin and prescription drug abuse on the rise throughout Illinois, including in rural communities, it is important that people responsibly dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, public health and law enforcement authorities warn.

“Unfortunately, the forgotten contents of household medicine cabinets often help to fuel opioid and prescription drug addiction,” Manar said. “I urge everyone to take advantage of our drug take back event April 28 and clear their homes of old, unused and unwanted prescriptions and medications. Doing so is one way to help local authorities battle the opioid epidemic right here at home.”

The take back is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon April 28. It will occur simultaneously at 12 locations throughout the bi-county area.

Macoupin County drop-off sites:

  • Bunker Hill: Michelle’s Pharmacy, 809 S. Franklin St.
  • Carlinville: Michelle’s Pharmacy, 274 N. Broad St., and Sullivan’s Drugstore, 920 W. Main St.
  • Gillespie: Michelle’s Pharmacy, 120 S. Macoupin St., and Sullivan’s Drugstore, 113 S. Macoupin St.
  • Mount Olive: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 105 W. Main St.
  • Staunton: Sullivan’s Pharmacy, 101 E. Main St.
  • Virden: Sav-Mor Pharmacy, 105 E. Jackson St.

Montgomery County drop-off sites:

  • Hillsboro: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 325 S. Main St.
  • Litchfield: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 320 E. Union Ave.
  • Nokomis: Sav-Mor Pharmacy, 110 E. State St.
  • Raymond: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 801 N. Obannon St.

The event is free and available to the public. Area residents are welcome to drop off unwanted medications at any of the sites. New this year is that pharmacies will accept unused and unwanted prescription pet medications.

A complete list of items that will be accepted:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter drugs from individuals and households
  • Pet medications
  • Schedule II-V controlled drugs
  • Prescription waste
  • Transdermal patches
  • Liquids and ointments
  • Items containing sodium bicarbonate or effervescent compounds that must be dissolved first with water

Items that will not be accepted:

  • Hazardous materials
  • Hazardous pharmaceuticals
  • Medical waste / infectious waste
  • Sharps, needles, syringes
  • Drugs or waste from hospitals and health facilities
  • Radioactive items
  • Ignitable materials
  • Aerosols

Studies show that most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs get them from home medicine cabinets. Prescription drug addiction leads to increased heroin and opioid abuse.

The drug takeback event is being organized by Manar with the help of Michelle’s Pharmacy, Sullivan’s Drugstore and Sav-Mor Pharmacy. Co-sponsors include Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, Montgomery County Sheriff Jim Vazzi, Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson, Montgomery County State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings and the Macoupin County Public Health Department.

Additional supporters of the effort include the Macoupin County Anti-Meth Coalition, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and the Reality Coalition of Montgomery County.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has designated April 28, 2018, as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to raise awareness about the importance of disposing of unwanted prescription medication and educating people about prescription drug abuse.

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