Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Beginning May 24, residents will have 24/7 access to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired medications, including controlled substances. IISG is happy to announce that the C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program will collect and properly dispose of pharmaceuticals to help reduce accidental poisonings of children and pets, prevent drug diversion and abuse, and limit environmental impacts.
Residents can drop off their medications in the collection boxes in the lobbies at:
- Urbana Police Department, 400 South Vine St., Urbana
- Champaign Police Department, 82 E. University Ave., Champaign
- University of Illinois Police Department, 1110 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana
Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines, as well as veterinary pharmaceuticals will be accepted. Illicit drugs, syringes, needles, or thermometers will not be accepted. The program will take medications from residential sources only. No personal information remaining on the containers will be used; privacy of any personal information will be strictly maintained. The collected drugs will be incinerated, which is the environmentally-preferred disposal method.
The new take-back program is a partnership between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Urbana Police Department, Champaign Police Department, University of Illinois Police, Champaign County Sheriff's Office, the International Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program (P2D2), City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Illinois American Water, University of Illinois Student Sustainability Committee, UI Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, WCIA 3 News, and Prairie Rivers Network.
Illinois American Water, the P2D2 Program, and Carle Rx (now Walgreens) started a program in C-U in 2009, but due to current federal regulations, the two locations may not accept controlled substances. The C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program is the first in Champaign County to be able to collect controlled substances, but it is not the only one in central Illinois. IISG helped the Maroa Police Department start a program in Macon County in 2011. And there are several P2D2 drop-boxes in Effingham County. As word of these programs spread, hopefully more communities will soon join in to safely dispose of their unused medicines.