ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Ahead of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is encouraging residents to safely dispose of their unused prescriptions to keep our communities safe.
“While our primary focus over the last year and a half has been to keep our families safe from COVID-19, it is important that we stay vigilant in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Manley. “We can each do our part by disposing of old or unused prescription medication we may have in our medicine cabinets on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 23.”
Manley is highlighting the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative’s (RALI) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to safely dispose of used prescription drugs. RALI encourages residents to do their part by safely using, storing and disposing of prescription medications. Medication should also be in a locked or secure place, and disposed of once finished using as directed by a medical professional. To find a prescription take back location, request a home disposal kit or to learn more information about preventing prescription drug misuse, please visit https://www.rali-il.org/.
“We can all play a part in putting an end to the COVID-19 pandemic by getting vaccinated, and in ending the opioid epidemic by disposing of old medication and paying attention for signs of drug misuse among our loved ones,” continued Manley. “I encourage residents to add prescription drug take back to their fall season cleaning list and participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.”