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Posted on: March 10, 2016

[ARCHIVED] National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Improper disposal of prescription medications (for example, flushing a leftover supply of medications down the toilet) can negatively impact our drinking water and ecosystem.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating a national effort to collect unwanted, unused, and expired medications on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The La Grange Police Department located at 304 W. Burlington Avenue will serve as a regional drop off facility.

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS include prescription and non-prescription capsules, pills, gel caps, tablets, patches, ointments, vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and pet medications.

UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS include liquids, needles/syringes, bottled/pressurized gases or liquids, or any bio-hazardous materials

The La Grange Police Department also has a permanent drug disposal box for the collection of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs. The receptacle is located in the lobby of the Police Department. The lobby is open to the public at any time.

The collection box will be emptied regularly and collected items will be boxed and transported to a regional Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) collection site.

The Village’s Environmental Quality Control Commission recommends that Village residents take advantage of this free service because: 1) it ensures the proper handling and disposal of medical waste, and 2) avoids having medical waste enter our regional waterways through the sanitary sewer system.

Protect your family, water quality and your planet - dispose of medications properly.

For more information, please visit the DEA website at or contact La Grange Police Sergeant Tom Cimbalista at (708) 579-2334 or via email at

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