The Village of Orland Park Police Department is again coordinating a cooperative effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to support the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
The public is invited to turn in expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and over the counter medication to law enforcement officers for destruction. These unused drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal consumption and pose an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. This effort will also bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.
“The Village of Orland Park is glad to participate in the national take back initiative for the second time this year,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “We had a great response to the village’s collection last spring and we’re hoping everyone goes through their cabinets to get rid of what they don’t need. This program helps to ensure safe disposal of prescription drugs and prevent them from getting into the wrong hands,” the mayor said.
On Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., area residents may bring no longer needed prescription drugs to the Orland Park Police Station, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue and to the entrance of Smith Crossing at 10600 Orland Parkway. The confidential and anonymous service is free of charge. Residents may turn in safely packaged sharps and needles but may not turn in glass containers, aerosol canisters, intravenous solutions, liquid medicines or illicit drugs.
“This public service helps residents keep their medicine cabinets safe,” said Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “Residents can turn in the drugs they no longer need and have peace of mind,” she added.
According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “Americans currently abuse prescription drugs more than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.” In a published article on January 13, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified prescription drug abuse as the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. Since 2003, more overdose deaths have involved prescription drugs than heroin and cocaine combined.
“The Village of Orland Park has been on the forefront of battling illegal drug use within the community and the region,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “We invite and encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unneeded drugs,” the chief said.
On April 28th, citizens across the country turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four Take-Back Days to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.
Questions about the Village of Orland Park’s September 29 collection should be directed to Lt. Joe Mitchell at 708/349-4111.