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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

March 26, 2018

Seven out of 10 Americans take at least one prescription drug, with the most commonly prescribed drug being antibiotics, according to a Mayo Clinic study. Often times, patients do not complete an antibiotic prescription or find that an "as needed" prescription is not taken and expires. This often leads Americans to wonder, "What should I do with these left over drugs?" The answer: Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day oSaturday, April 28th, 2018.


National Drug Take-Back Day "aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications." The day is especially important for sanitation districts, like the MWRD, because there is a smaller chance that the unused medications will end up down a drain and at a water reclamation plant, where chemicals are used to extract diluted medication from water.


The MWRD will have three plants open for drug drop-offs. If these locations are inconvenient, please contact your local law enforcement station to see whether they will be accepting unwanted medication. 


O'Brien WRP - 3500 Howard Street, Skokie

Stickney WRP - 6001 West Pershing Road, Cicero

Calumet WRP - 400 East 130th Street, Chicago


The 14th National Take Back Day resulted in a total weight collection of 912,305 pounds. That's 912,305 pounds diverted from water ways! Thank you to those who participated, and thank you to those who will.



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