Chicago Tribune: Drug disposal program keeps pace with increasing prescription abuse

March 27, 2015 0

Lake County has expanded its prescription drug drop-off program to include 22 area police departments, with Winthrop Harbor the latest to join in the fight. The multi-organizational local effort made sure 7,800 pounds of unwanted or old prescription drugs didn’t reach the wrong hands in 2012. The following year, the program disposed of 8,200 pounds of prescriptions before reaching a staggering 12,000 pounds in 2014. “The use is climbing in Lake County,” said Bill Gentes, […]

Local Drug Disposal Success!

March 10, 2015 0

905 pounds of unused disposed prescription drugs in 36 boxes from @CityHPIL Great job to Highland Park Police! — Lake County DFC (@LakeCountyDFC) March 10, 2015

Drug Disposal Kick-off in Lake County

February 27, 2015 0

  Over the last few years the Task Force has been working with law enforcement throughout Lake County to grow a network of prescription drug collection boxes. In 2 and half years we have grown the network from 9 boxes to 20 boxes. Our collection numbers have gone from 7,800 pounds to approximately 12,000 pounds in 2014. There were problems with the disposal system given the DEA only collected the drugs from participating departments twice […]

Welcome to Lakemoor! The newest prescription drug disposal box in the county!

November 24, 2014 0

The Village of Lakemoor, their Police Department and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation have established a pill disposal and collection program? 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 […]

Lake County Prescription Drug Disposal Boxes

May 14, 2014 0

All 16 of the Counties Prescription Drug Disposal Boxes are listed here. An interactive map is here. Locations Antioch PD – 433 Orchard St Antioch, IL 60002Deerfield PD – 850 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield 60015Fox Lake PD – 301 S Route 59 Fox Lake 60020Hawthorne Woods PD – 2 Lagoon Dr. Hawthorn Woods 60047Highland Park LCHD – 1840 Green Bay Rd. Highland Park 60035Highland Park PD – 1677 Old Deerfield Rd. Highland Park 60035Lake Bluff PD […]

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back event this Saturday

April 24, 2014 0

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is the first national event of this year. In 2013, Lake County collected approximately 6,700 pounds of prescription drugs. Ridding medicine cabinets of these prescription drugs prevents children from accidentally consuming them and unauthorized users from obtaining them. Anyone with unwanted or unused prescription drugs can […]

Task Force to testify before Legislators

February 26, 2014 0

The Task Force was asked by representative Sam Yingling to testify to the State Young Adult Heroin Use Task Force today in Springfield. Here is this the transcript of our testimony. No first time drug abuser wakes up and says let’s take Heroin today! The path to Heroin Abuse starts long before that. As the project coordinator for the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force and an employee of the Lake County […]

Use our maps to find Lake County Drug Disposal boxes.

September 27, 2013 0

Did you know that Lake County has a way of taking back your old, outdated or unused prescription drug’s?  Quick Tip: Find the box nearest to you by clicking this link. Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, creating a public health crisis. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. today is at an alarmingly high level—two-and-a-half times more people currently abuse prescription drugs […]

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