National Take Back Day Sept. 29
Updated: September 28, 2012 3:25PM
Cicero — Another opportunity to prevent or reduce accidental contamination of streams, rivers and lakes by disposing of pharmaceuticals in an environmentally-friendly manner will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
For the fifth consecutive time, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is joining the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Day to collect unwanted medicine at three MWRD facilities:
Stickney Water Reclamation Plant, 6001 W. Pershing Road, Cicero;
North Side Water Reclamation Plant, 3500 Howard St., Skokie; and,
Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, 400 E. 130th St., Chicago.
The U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency started the organized prescription take back program in September 2010 and, since then, a nationwide total of 995,185 pounds (or 498.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications have been turned in and removed from circulation.
“Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceutical products if they are poured down a drain or flushed down a toilet,” said Commissioner Kathleen Meany, chair of the Public Information and Education Committee. “The chemicals can work their way into lakes or streams and harm fish and other aquatic life. These special collection opportunities provide residents with a convenient and environmentally-friendly way to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications.”
More information about pharmaceutical waste disposal can be found at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.