Currently members of the public can dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription medications conveniently and safely at the Round Lake Park Police Department, located at 215 E. Main Street, Round Lake Park IL.
The Police Department’s Prescription Medication Drop Off Disposal Program is available Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding holidays when the station is closed to the public (dates and times subject to change).
Beginning May 1, 2017, the Round Lake Park Police Department will be launching a new prescription medication disposal initiative. Residents that are unable to dispose of prescription medications due to health-related issues or transportation problems can now contact the Police Department by telephone at 847-270-9111, and an available officer will be dispatched to their home to pick up and appropriately dispose of the medications.
The disposal program does not accept illicit drugs or medical waste, including syringes, biological samples, vials, tubes, transdermal patches or over the counter medication. This program is designed to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
Prescription drug abuse in the United States is a significant problem as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these medications.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – have been shown to pose environmental and health hazards.
For more information, please call the Round Park Police Department at; 847-546-7275.