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Posted on: October 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] APD taking back unwanted prescriptions this Saturday

DEA and APD Ex Drugs Take Back Event Fall 2019

Do you have old prescription drugs lying around in the medicine cabinet or in your bathroom drawer? Drop them off at Aurora Police Headquarters this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the National Drug Take Back Event.

The Aurora Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Aurora Police Department, at 1200 E. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills, or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26th Take Back Day event, go to

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