“Overdoses and deaths from prescription painkillers and opioids continue to rise around Illinois. Most people who abuse painkillers get old or unused prescriptions from friends or family members. One way we can help combat opioid overdoses and abuse is through safely disposing of old medication,” said Bourne. “Regulations were expanded a few years ago to allow for more types of locations to accept unwanted medications. As a result, disposing of medications is now easier and more convenient than ever.”
Local law enforcement will be in Taylorville and Pana from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 29th. In Taylorville the collection site is at CVS Pharmacy, 401 N. Webster Street, and in Pana the collection site is at Walgreens Pharmacy, 108 S. Poplar Street.
Surveys of prescription drug abusers tell us that a majority of those with opioid addictions started by taking unused prescription medication from friends and family. This Take Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
If are unable to make it to this collection, you can find a take-back location anytime by calling Representative Bourne’s district office at (217) 324-5200 or checking online at https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch.