CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – In recognition of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, state Rep. Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, is encouraging residents to drop off unused and unneeded prescription drugs at local collection spots on Saturday, Oct. 23.
“Many of those affected by the hardships of the ongoing opioid epidemic started by misusing controlled prescription drugs that were unused from the medicine cabinets of family members or friends,” said Ness. “Giving residents the opportunity to safely dispose of their unused prescription drugs will continue to help us protect our community from drug abuse and overdoses.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2016, there were 1,947 overdose deaths due to opioids in Illinois, and from 1999 to 2016, opioid-related deaths in the state nearly quadrupled. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to address this crucial public safety and public health issue. The Lake in the Hills Police Department is hosting a prescription drug take back event on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on this event, or to find a take back event closest to you, individuals can visit, https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
“Regular disposal of unused and unneeded prescription drugs is one small effort that can make a significant change in slowing the opioid epidemic,” said Ness. “I am committed to supporting legislation and community efforts that aim to reduce opioid use and provide critical funding and support to those struggling with drug use and addiction. I encourage residents to be proactive and take advantage of opportunities like these drug take-back events.”