Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation has placed and installed a total of 43 drug disposal and collection boxes

Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation
Updated 8/6/2020 9:14 AM

In 2010, the SAVE A STAR Drug Awareness Foundation (SAS) took the initiative to develop and implement one of the very first drug disposal and collection programs in the country. The first SAVE A STAR box was placed in Highland Park, Illinois, and SAS has continued to place them in and around Illinois, as well as in other states. As of today, SAS has placed and installed a total of 43 collection boxes.

Save a Star disposal boxes can be found in the lobbies of the following police departments:





Buffalo Grove



Des Plaines


Fox Lake


Hawthorn Woods

Highland Park

Island Lake

Lake Bluff

Lake County Sheriff

Lake Forest


Lake Zurich







North Chicago

Round Lake Beach

Round Lake Park

Vernon Hills





Illinois State Police



Des Plaines


La Salle


Other States

Milton, GA

Union City, GA

Great Barrington, MA

Goshen Township, OH

Reedsburg, WI

The purpose of this program is to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, thus keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse.

The Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation was founded in Highland Park, Illinois by David and Gail Katz and their daughter, Melissa Katz Gold, following the death of David and Gail's 25-year-old son and Melissa's brother Daniel, from an overdose of prescription drug medication in June, 2007. The Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation was created to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse and addiction, and to provide tangible methods to remove unwanted and unused medications from America's homes. The use of prescription pills for non-medical reasons has reached epidemic proportions and threatens the lives of millions of Americans.

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Prescription pills are killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and inhalants combined.

• Everyday 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time.

• Teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit street drug except marijuana. 70% of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they get them out of the medicine cabinets of their parents or grandparents.

• Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths have doubled in the last decade and now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States.

To make donations in support of Save A Star's Drug Disposal Program, or if you would like more information, please visit or call (847) 579-1300 ext. 146.

SAVE A STAR Drug Awareness Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.

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