Orland Park Police Participate in April 28 National Drug Take-Back Day

Orland Park Police Participate in April 28 National Drug Take-Back Day
Posted on 03/30/2018

The public is invited to turn in expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical drugs and over-the-counter medications to the Orland Park Police Department for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Orland Park Police Station is located at 15100 South Ravinia Avenue.

Unused drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal consumption and pose an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. The Orland Park Police Department coordinates a cooperative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

"This is a great public service that helps to keep unwanted drugs out of the wrong hands," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Residents can turn in the drugs they no longer need and have peace of mind that they will be disposed of in a safe, legal and environmentally responsible manner."

The confidential and anonymous service is free of charge. Syringes, sharps, needles, glass containers, any type of liquids or illegal drugs will not be accepted.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused 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. The DEA's Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Since the DEA's creation of the Drug Take-Back Day in 2010, over four tons of prescription drugs have been safely collected nationally.

"This is one way our department joins the national effort to combat illegal drug use," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "I encourage everyone to go through their cabinets for expired or unwanted drugs. People should never throw away or dump old drugs down the sink or flush them down the toilet."

"In Orland Park, we collected 740 pounds during our April drug take-back last year. Since starting the program in 2012, the Orland Park Police Department has collected more than 5,000 pounds of unwanted or unexpired prescription drugs," said Lt. Eric Rossi. "This prevents misuse and avoids contaminating our lakes, streams and rivers."

In addition to the twice-yearly Drug Take-Back Days, OPPD offers a year-round collection, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the station. Medications are not accepted at the police station on holidays.

Liquid drugs, aerosol medications and hypodermic needles and syringes are not accepted.

Instructions for how to safety dispose of sharps or syringes are available by calling Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696.

For more information about Orland Park's collection, call 708-349-4111.