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 than the number of those using cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined, according to the recently released 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The same study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
The Lake County Drug Free Communities program has the following sites available for drug drop-off. We are also working with Lake County area municipalities and townships to get more sites up and running as well.
Items acceptable for deposit in the collection box include:
Prescription medications, including controlled substances
All over-the counter medications
Vitamins and supplements
Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
Liquid medication in leak-proof containers
Items not acceptable for deposit in the collection box are: