Thursday, October 16, 2014
Box Installed: September 5, 2014
Box Location: 333 S. Franklin Street, Decatur, IL
For more information: Brochure or call 217-424-4505 (Macon County Environmental Management Department)
Congratulations go out to Macon County on the installation of a permanent medicine take-back box at the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Illinois! This is the second box that has been installed in Macon County—the other is located at the Maroa City Police Department.
A few months back, IISG was contacted by Laurie Rasmus of the Macon County Environmental Management Department. She was aware of the issues surrounding improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and wanted to know how we could work together to provide Decatur residents with a convenient way to safely dispose of their unwanted medicines. IISG has found that partnerships like this work really well. So we wanted to start sharing the stories of communities with medicine take-back programs with people who may be thinking about staring a program in their area. Laurie took a few minutes of her time to answer some of our questions about Macon County's need for prescription take-back boxes and why they are so important to the community.
How did you learn about safe medicine disposal, and how did this initiative come about?
Our department first learned about safe medicine disposal through the one-day take-back collections sponsored by the DEA.
Our office receives many inquiries from residents who want to learn how to dispose of unused and expired medicine in a safe manner that is not harmful to the environment. We informed these residents of the drop-off box operated by the Maroa Police Department. Most were pleased to learn about the Maroa drop-off site but many mentioned that a Decatur-based location would be more convenient. So, we inquired with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant about the possibilities for a collection site in Decatur and received encouraging information. We then approached Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider about a drop-off site at his office. Sheriff Schneider was enthusiastic about establishing a collection box in the lobby of the Macon County Law Enforcement Center.
Why do you think this is an important issue?
Safe, secure medicine disposal reduces the risks of accidental poisonings, drug misuse and pollution.
How will this additional box help?
The box in the heart of Decatur at the Macon County Sheriff's Office is placed where it is convenient for the majority of residents.
What has been the response so far? What are people saying about the take-back boxes in the community?
People are saying that they are happy about the program because they truly do want to dispose of unused medicine in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Thank you, Laurie, for all of your hard work in helping safeguard your communities and the environment!
Information about the two drop-off collection programs in Macon County may be obtained by visiting www.MaconGreen.com, or by calling the Macon County Environmental Management Department at 217-425-4505. Information related to the medication drop-off boxes may be found here. Twitter is also a valuable source of information!