Prescription Medication Safety

Prescription Medication Safety

Prescription Medication Safety

Northwestern Medicine is committed to prescription medication safety. We support several initiatives to help curb improper use of medication. For more information on prescription drug misuse, visit

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Unused medications thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or sold illegally. If they are flushed, they can contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused medications saves lives and protects the environment.

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. As the prescription opioid epidemic continues to worsen, Northwestern Medicine, with the Drug Enforcement Agency and local police departments, hosts collection sites in DeKalb, Illinois, and Sandwich, Illinois, twice a year for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Take Back events are held at the end of April and October each year. These events aim to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused opioids and other prescription medications.

Please note, sharps and liquids will not be accepted, and Take Back Day is for community members, not for commercial organizations. Join the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment Facebook group for regular updates on this and other opportunities. For more information, please call 815.981.7409.

Medication Disposal Locations

For more information on locations for prescription medication disposal, see the attached flier or call 815.981.7409.

Guard and Discard

The Guard and Discard media campaign is designed to raise public awareness of the importance of safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of prescription medications in order to prevent their misuse and abuse. Each year, this campaign is launched throughout DeKalb County from February through June.

For more information, please call 815.981.7409.