National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 23, 2021

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
    Winfield, Illinois
  • 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
    Sandwich, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital
    Medical Records Building (one driveway south of main hospital)
    2731 Sycamore Road
    DeKalb, IL
  • Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital
    Medical Office Building #2
    10370 Haligus Road
    Huntley, Illinois

To find other collection sites near you, visit

For more information on prescription drug misuse and proper disposal, visit:

Participating organizations:

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