In an attempt to provide the residents of Norridge a safe solution to dispose of expired and unused prescription and non-prescription drugs, the Norridge Police Department has partnered with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Drug Take Back Program.
This free service is provided by authorization of the Village of Norridge & Cook County Board of Commissioners to reduce access to unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs in order to prevent misuse that can lead to poisoning or death. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”), most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. The DEA has described unused or expired prescription medication as a “public safety” issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
•Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
•The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet.
•Unused prescription drugs thrown into the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
•Just as troubling, everyday prescription drugs are dumped down drains, toilets, and in the garbage.
The Norridge Police Department strongly endorses the proper disposal of unused drugs to help save lives and protect the environment. “It is our responsibility to help reduce access to unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs to prevent misuse that can lead to poisoning or death”, said Chief David Disselhorst.
The Norridge Police Departments asks residents to please dispose of unused and expired prescription or non-prescription drugs responsibly. Do not leave them lying around unattended. Do not throw them in the trash or down the sink and do not flush them down the toilet.
Please bring any unused or expired prescription or non-prescription drugs to the Drop Off Box located at the Norridge Police Department – 4020 N. Olcott Ave. Norridge, IL 60706.
Any additional questions pertaining to the Drug Take Back Program can be directed to the Norridge Police Department at 708-453-4770.