Pharmaceutical Take Back

Summary of Pharmaceutical Take Back: 

  • Medication should NEVER be discarded down the drain. 
  • Unused, expired and unwanted medication is a health and safety risk, as well as a potential threat to waterways.
  • Pharmacies participating in the Illinois EPA pilot program may accept most medications.
  • Some police departments also offer medication take-back of all types of medication.

 Will County partners for Pharmaceuticals: Med TakeBack Icon

  • Illinois EPA
  • Basinger's Pharmacy    
  • Bolingbrook Pharmacy
  • Doc's Drugs
  • Crest Hill Police Department
  • Elwood Police Department
  • Joliet Police Department
  • Lemont Police Department
  • Lockport Police Department
  • Mokena Police Department
  • New Lenox Police Department
  • Shorewood Police Department
  • Peotone Police Department
  • Plainfield Police Department

Will County Medication Take Back Program

This program protects Will County water resources, while reducing the materials going to local landfills. Each year thousands of tons of pharmaceuticals and personal care products enter the waste stream. Several United States Geological Survey studies over the past 7 years have found that many pharmaceuticals are surviving water treatment facilities and making their way into drinking water. The very medications that help people may be a concern to aquatic life. 
 
The EPA has asked everyone to cease "flushing" unwanted medications down the drain. The federal government is encouraging people to locate pharmaceutical take-back programs for disposal of unwanted medications.
 
Will County, in cooperation with the Illinois EPA and local pharmacies, began the area’s first permanent Medication Take-Back Program in 2007. This is a pilot program, that if successful, may be expanded.
 
Will County shall continue to offer One-Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events which have always accepted medications. Please share this information with friends, neighbors and family members to protect our fishing, recreational and drinking water resources.

Drop-Off Instructions

  •  Bring only residentially generated medication items. No medications from businesses or doctor’s offices can be taken.
  •  Use a permanent marker to black out your name or personal information on the label.
  • Take medications to pharmacy or collection site during drop-off operation hours ONLY.
  • Please follow directions at the drop-off site. Only give medications to the pharmacy or drop-off site personnel.
  • This is not a share or reuse opportunity. All medications received will be destroyed in the most environmentally sound manner possible.
 
Items Accepted  (Expired or Unwanted) Items NOT Accepted
Prescription Medications DEA Controlled Substances*:
Over-the-Counter Medications Narcotic Medications
Medicated Ointments Illegal Drugs
Medicated Shampoos Bio-Hazardous Materials
Liquids Containing Medications Sharps / Needles
Prescription Inhalers Radioactive Materials
Over-the-Counter Inhalers Other Household Wastes
Glass Thermometers (contain mercury)  
Medical devices containing mercury  
(blood pressure units, barometers, etc.)  
  
*The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency defines DEA Controlled Substances under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. They are medications categorized by "schedules" based on their potential for abuse or addition. The schedules cover opiates, hallucinogens and prescriptions containing narcotics or amphetamines.

 
What to do with medications that are not accepted?

Will County, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, will host special collection events that include DEA controlled substances from time-to-time. Some law enforcement agencies accept DEA controlled substances. Please contact your local police department to learn if they offer this valuable home safety service.

Protect Personal Information when disposing prescriptions

The label of a prescription bottle shows personal data, such as your name, your doctor’s name, the type of medication, the number of refills allowed and the date of the current refill. In the wrong hands, this data could be harmful to you or a drug abuser. Therefore it is always important for you to black out your personal data on the label with a permanent black marker before disposing of the product in any manner.
 

Accidental Misuse

If you accidentally repeat a dosage, take an expired medication or otherwise misuse your medication, call the Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.
 

Pharmaceutical Drop-Off Locations:

  

Beecher-Doc's Drugs

1277 Dixie Hwy
708-946-3714

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

Bolingbrook Pharmacy

402 W. Boughton Rd
630-759-8900

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

 

Braidwood-Doc's Drugs

230 Comet Drive
815-458-3444

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-5pm

Crest Hill Police Department

1610 Plainfield Rd (Rt. 30)
815-741-5111

Hours:
24/7 inside entrance

Elwood Police Department

401 Mississippi Ave
815-423-5411

Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm

Joliet-Basinger's City Center Pharmacy

300 N. Ottawa
815-722-3200

Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm
Saturday 9:30am-11am      

Joliet-Basinger's Essington Pharmacy

2202 Essington
815-267-3253

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm

Joliet-Basinger's Marycrest  Pharmacy

2130 W. Jefferson
815-725-1102 

Hours:
7 Days a week 8:30am-9pm

Joliet-Basinger's Primary Care Pharmacy

2025 S. Chicago St
815-723-0300

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-6pm 

Saturday 9am-1pm

Joliet-Basinger's Madison
Pharmacy

330 Madison St, Suite 102
815-725-1102

Hours:
Mon,Tue, Thur, Fri 9am-5pm Wednesday 9am-1pm

Joliet Police Department

150 W. Washington and
7196 Caton Farm Rd. 

815-724-3100

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Lemont Police Department

14600 127th St.
630-257-2229 x2478

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Lockport Police Department

1212 Farrell Rd.
815-838-2132

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

 

Manhattan-Doc's Drugs

540 W. North St.
815-458-6104

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-3pm

Mokena Police Department

10907 Front St.
708-479-3912

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

Monee-Doc's Drugs

25624 Governor's Hwy.
708-534-8540

Hours:
Monday-Saturday 9am-3pm

 

Naperville-Regional IEAP
HHW Facility

1971 W. Brookdale Rd
"Please, No direct calls"

Hours:
Sat & Sun 9am-2pm
 

 

New Lenox Police Department

701 W. Haven Ave
815-462-6100

Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
(excluding holidays)

Peotone-Doc's Drugs

222 Harlem Ave
708-258-6811

Hours:
Monday-Friday
Saturday 9am-5pm
 

Peotone Police Department

208 E Main St
708-258-3003

Hours: Drop-Box 24/7

 

Plainfield Police Department

14300 S. Coil Plus Dr
815-436-2341

Hours: Drop-Off 24/7

 

Shorewood-Police Department

903 W. Jefferson St
815-725-1460

Hours: Drop-Off 24/7
 

Wilmington-Doc's Drugs

1101 S. Water St.
815-476-2131

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8am-3pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These locations are also listed on theGreen Guide Database; locations throughout Illinois are availabe on the IL EPA website!

What to do with needles/sharps that are not accepted:

Needles, or sharps as they are also called, that are used in the home for self-injection (such as insulin shots) are currently permissible to discard with regular garbage using a rigid container (such as a milk jug, coffee container or laundry bottle) sealed with duct tape.
 
Residents may also use a bio-hazard container and pay for bio-hazard disposal service through several companies. Occasionally a doctor's office, hospital or other medical provider will offer disposal service to their clients.
 
Sharps generated by hospitals, medical offices, traveling nursing services, etc. are required to be disposed as bio-waste through a commercial bio-hazard disposal service.

 

The Medication Take-Back Brochure may be printed on 8.5" X 14" sheet.

 
 

 

 

 

 
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