Pharmaceutical Disposal Drop Boxes Now Available in Every Chicago Police Station

October 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM Leave a comment

Pharmaceutical Disposal Drop Boxes Available in Every Chicago Police Station

 

The  Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in partnership with the  Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced that its pharmaceutical disposal drop box program is now available at all Chicago police stations to allow citywide accessibility for the proper disposal of expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Since 2008, the drop boxes were located in just five police stations.

 

“Discarding our medication responsibly protects our waterways, our environment and our neighbors,” said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D.  “Now that our drop boxes are available citywide, residents can stop throwing their medicine in the trash or down the drain and instead dispose of them in a safe and convenient way.”

 

Available 24-hours a day year-round, Chicago’s pharmaceutical disposal program offers residents a convenient and environmentally friendly alternative to flushing medicines into the wastewater stream or placing them in municipal landfills.  The main goals of the program are to help avoid unintended use, reduce or prevent recreational pharmaceutical use and to keep contaminants out of Chicago’s public waterways.

 

By using the police facilities as a drop-off location, controlled substances can be deposited safely and destroyed under the observation of sworn law enforcement officials. Pharmaceuticals (non-controlled substances) also can be brought to the city’s Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility at 1150 N. North Branch Street.

 

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