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posted: 4/18/2014 2:57 PM

Leftover medication can be dropped off with Campton Hills police

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  • The Campton Hills police department will host its annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26.

    The Campton Hills police department will host its annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26.
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Submitted by Campton Hills police department

The Campton Hills Police Department will again partner up with the Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday, April 26, for their Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Campton Hills residents can drop their prescription drugs off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the village hall, 40W270 La Fox Road, Suite B, Campton Hills.

This initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issues. More than seven million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use them to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Additionally the Take-Back Day reduces the risk of prescription drugs entering the water, potentially harming aquatic life or getting into a human water supply. So far, the DEA, with the assistance of local agencies, have removed hundreds of tons of medication from circulation in their previous Drug Take-Back Days.

All prescription and nonprescription substances will be collected. All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted. Liquid products should remain sealed in their original container. Participants are strongly encouraged to remove any identifying personal information from the prescription label. The program is completely anonymous and no questions or requests for identification will be made. Destruction of the materials will be accomplished in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Illicit substances, such as marijuana, methamphetamines and cocaine, are not part of this initiative and will not be collected by the Campton Hills Police Department. Additionally, intravenous solutions, injectable and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

Any questions regarding this program can be addressed to Police Chief Dan Hoffman at or at (630) 584-4242.