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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

DEA announces nationwide drug take-back event on September 27

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will host another National Prescription Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 27, 2014. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Liquids, creams, and pet medicines are fine to bring, but sites won't accept sharps or thermometers. The previous DEA take-back events collected 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications.

In order for communities to participate, the local law enforcement agency must register with the DEA. In Illinois and Indiana, the numbers to call are:

Illinois (Northern half) GS James Portner 312-582-6983
Illinois (Southern half) DPM Scott Collier 314-538-4600
Indiana (Northern half) GS Scott Brinks 219-644-3132
Indiana (Southern half) GS Dan Gillen 317-613-4587


Having expired or unwanted medicine in the house can lead to accidental poisonings of children, the elderly, or pets. Medicine take-back days are a great way to reduce this risk. In addition, they help reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals that reach waterways and our drinking water. Some pharmaceuticals are known to disrupt reproduction and normal development in fish. Others cause behavior changes in aquatic wildlife that make it harder for them to survive. By taking your unwanted medicines for proper disposal you will be helping to protect your family, pets, and the environment.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Kammin at 217-333-1115 or lkammin@illinois.edu.

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 3:01PM on 7/30/2014
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