Village Participating in DEA's National Prescription Take Back

Village Participating in DEA's National Prescription Take Back
Posted on 04/03/2012

The Village of Orland Park is participating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to support the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on April 28.

The initiative enables the public to turn in expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and over the counter medication to law enforcement officers for destruction. These unused drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal consumption and pose an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. This effort will also bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

"The Village of Orland Park is glad to be a part of this program," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Initiatives like this help keep these prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands and ensures proper and safe disposal," the mayor said.

On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, area residents may bring no longer needed prescription drugs to the Orland Park Police Station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue and to the entrance of Smith Crossing at 10500 Orland Parkway. The confidential and anonymous service is free of charge but cannot accept glass containers, aerosol canisters, intravenous solutions or syringes.

"This is a great public service that helps residents keep their medicine cabinets safe," said Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Residents can turn in the drugs they no longer need, not having to worry about where they might end up," she added.

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, "Americans currently abuse prescription drugs more than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined." In a published article on January 13, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified prescription drug abuse as the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved prescription drugs than heroin and cocaine combined.

"The Village of Orland Park has been on the forefront of battling illegal drug use within the community and the region," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "We invite and encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of what they no longer need," the chief said.

At last year's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, the public turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. Territories.