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Posted on: October 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - October 23, 2021

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating a national effort to collect unwanted, unused, and expired medications on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The La Grange Police Department located at 304 W. Burlington Avenue, is partnering with the DEA and will serve as a regional drop off facility.

In order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the members of the La Grange Police Department are asking that you follow CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose, and maintaining social distancing.

Acceptable Items include prescription and non-prescription capsules, pills, gel caps, tablets, patches, ointments, vitamins, liquids that are in the original container closed and tightly sealed, over-the-counter medications, and pet medications.

Unacceptable Items include needles/syringes, bottled/pressurized gases or liquids, inhalers, any bio-hazardous materials, plastic tubing, masks, catheters or any medical equipment.

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. PLEASE DO NOT DEPOSIT UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS INTO THE RECEPTACLE.

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

For more information please visit the DEA website here, the Cook County Meds Disposal Initiative website here, or contact La Grange Police Sergeant Steve Ljubenko at 708-352-2131 or by email at

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