National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Every day, more than 130 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. As the prescription opioid epidemic continues to worsen, Northwestern Medicine is working alongside the Drug Enforcement Administration to host collection sites for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused opioids and other prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of medications.
Unused medications thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused, or illegally sold. If they are flushed, they can contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
Please note, sharps and liquids will not be accepted, and Take Back Day is for community members, not for commercial organizations.
Northwestern Medicine will host six sites for community members to visit from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, October 23:
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
East Entrance Roundabout
25 North Winfield Road
- Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
Bays Medical Building Entrance
900 N. Westmoreland Road
Lake Forest, Illinois
- Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care St. Charles
(on the east side of the parking lot by Kirk Road)
2900 Foxfield Road, Suite 100
St. Charles, Illinois
- Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital
1302 N. Main Street
- Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital
Medical Records Building (one driveway south of main hospital)
2731 Sycamore Road
- Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital
Medical Office Building #2
10370 Haligus Road
To find other collection sites near you, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
For more information on prescription drug misuse and proper disposal, visit: