Saturday, October 26th, is National Drug Take-Back Day.
It’s a day that aims to provide awareness to safely disposing unused prescription drugs.
According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Most local police departments are participating, including Peoria, Peoria Heights, and East Peoria.
But, if you miss that date, not to worry. Pekin police have a safe alternative you can use all year round. There’s a box in their lobby you can use to drop off unused prescriptions.
Pekin Police Spokeswoman Officer Billie Ingles says it’s a lot safer than other alternatives, including flushing them in the toilet or throwing them in the trash.
“So, you can bring in the pills in bags, or you can bring in the pills in the bottles. A lot of people take the tags off of it. That’s not necessary, because this is a secure site. Once it’s in that bag, then our evidence person comes and takes the drugs, and they are taken back to evidence and they are disposed of properly,” Ingles explains.
To look for other collection locations near you: click here.