National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 26, 2019

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Every day, nearly 116 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 five sites for community members to visit from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, October 26:

  • Lavin Family Pavilion Driveway (on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus)
    259 East Erie Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
    Bays Medical Building Entrance
    900 N. Westmoreland Road
    Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
  • 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 60174
  • Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital
    1302 North Main Street
    Sandwich, Illinois 60548
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (at the west parking lot across the street from the hospital on Winfield Road)
    25 N. Winfield Road
    Winfield, IL 60190

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


Participating organizations:


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