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The program allows residents to properly and safely dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in a secured collection box that is located in the basement of the Village Hall, just outside the elevator doors.

Residents can drop off these items during the Village’s normal business hours (Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Residents may bring medications in a sealed container or bag. If there is any personal information on a label the resident should remove or conceal the information before bringing it in. Unacceptable items include loose medications, liquid medicines (such as cough syrup), hypodermics, sharps, biomedical waste (including wound dressings), radioactive medicines and other household hazardous waste.

Once an item is placed inside the box it cannot be removed and Village staff cannot open the box. All medications collected are disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner and cannot be reused.

On a periodic basis the box will be emptied by Cook County Sheriff's Office personnel, and the medications will be destroyed off-site. It was once thought that flushing medications down the toilet was an acceptable practice, however, municipal water and sewer systems are not equipped to filter out some of those waste products. This program alleviates pharmaceutical waste from entering our landfills, water and waste-water systems.

 

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